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.
A lot of money and time has been put into exoskeletons for assisting soldiers, laborers, and individuals who have had strokes or spinal cord injuries. This is an area that I plan on revisiting in future posts. For now, a company called suitX has introduced a modular line of exoskeletons for assisting with specific work related tasks and body parts.
Whenever there is a change of administrations, regardless of whether there is a change in party, there are revisions to previous rules and regulations. This National Law Review piece takes a quick look at areas of potential changes at OSHA.
Becker’s Healthcare Review has five great tips for designing an intergenerational workspace in hospital settings.
Not so much ergonomics but a question of productivity and efficiency on the Monday after the Super Bowl. Kraft Foods is suggesting the day after should be a holiday with an anticipated 16.5 million workers may call out sick to recover from festivities the day before. This is an interesting question when talking about presenteeism vs. absenteeism. How much work is actually lost with people discussing the game and the commercials when they come to work the next day?
When I was taking a tour of our local police department with my son’s Cub Scout den, my son asked the officer who gave the tour about a poster in the squad room. The poster had a police cruiser that had been in an accident and had a slogan reminding officers that car accidents cause more line of duty deaths than some of the other more media noticed causes. I found this article with 5 real world tips that police officers can use to make their vehicle safer for today’s tour of duty.