Friday Five – 2/2/17 – NJ Ergonomics Blog
The Friday Five is a set of five links that I have come across this week that pertain to ergonomics, occupational health, safety, human performance, or human factors. For whatever reason, I found them interesting, but they are provided with minimal or no commentary and are not meant to be endorsement for a given product.
We are now about a month in to the new administration. Tom Muskin at Safety and Health Magazine takes a look at what might be coming down the pike with changes at OSHA. Two interesting points are that President Trump is the first president with experience as a business person dealing with OSHA and that we may see a shift from shaming the companies who are found to be in violation to a climate of trying to assist companies to not be in violation. There are some interesting pros and cons to that shift.
It’s still winter time out but this research paper by Rameez Rameezdeen and Abbas Elmualin in the January 2017 issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health takes a look at construction site injuries during heat waves. One of the interesting points is that new workers (less than 1 year in job) and workers over 55 years old have higher injury rates during heat waves. This is a good time to start planning for the heat of summer and checking protocols for dealing with employee hydration and other heat related protocols.
As was mentioned in this week’s What Not To Do Wednesday, the military becomes a great place to learn lessons. In addition to accident reviews, they do an amazing amount of research to understand current problems so that they are no longer problems in the future. This paper by AM Kelley et al in the February 2017 issue of Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance looks at the issue of helicopter aircrews and back pain through the lens of age, gender, airframe, and more. Only by looking at current complaints can we reduce future complaints.
This might make for one of the more interesting projects for an engineering lab. Carolyn Summerich, PhD of Ohio State University looked at ergonomics issues affecting tattoo artists. Not surprisingly, there are some potential musculoskeletal issues lurking in this industry.
In France, a 105 year old man not only set a record a one hour cycling record but also helped to prove that physical performance and ability can be improved at any age. Dr. Veronique Billat and her colleagues at University of Evry-Val d’Essonne in France followed Robert Marchand’s performance and provided him with a workout program that he followed for two years (from age 103 to age 105). In testing, they found his VO2 improved 13% and was comparable to that of a 50 year old. This is something that is going to be revisited in the future on this site.