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Free e-book shares tips on selecting the right ergonomics risk assessment tool


November 14, 2013
By PEM Magazine

November 14, 2013 – “4 Things to Consider When Selecting an Ergonomics Risk Assessment Tool,” is the title of a new, free e-book released by Humantech, experts in workplace improvement. Using the wrong tools, or not using any, to identify ergonomic risk in the workplace, costs companies billions of dollars each year.
There are a multitude of ergonomic assessment tools available – ranging from very basic to highly complex. This e-book provides tips on how to select the right tool to produce the most efficient, valid, reliable, and effective ergonomics process.
“Ergonomic risk can be measured, managed, and therefore improved. Successful ergonomic teams use tools that strike the right balance between the need for data and the need to analyze tasks quickly,” says James Mallon, executive vice president at Humantech.  
Ergonomics assessment tools fall into two categories: qualitative and quantitative. While both are essential, a successful process is measured and managed by numbers. Therefore, this e-book outlines the four characteristics that should be considered when selecting quantitative ergonomics risk assessment tools.
Quality is the most important characteristic of a quantitative assessment tool. An effective and reliable quantitative assessment tools meets the following criteria:
·         The tool must be valid – it must be able to measure what it is intended to measure.
·         It must be able to differentiate job hazards between jobs and within jobs.
·         The results must be reliable – the tool should obtain similar results at different times.
·         The results must be reproducible – different assessors should obtain similar results. 
The remaining three things to consider when selecting an ergonomics risk assessment tool can be found by downloading this free e-book.
For over 30 years, Humantech has used the science of ergonomics to deliver practical solutions that impact safety, quality, and productivity for workplace improvements.

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