Contrasting participatory ergonomics programs with requirements for occupational health and safety management systems

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Dr. Richard Wells
University of Waterloo and the Centre of Research Expertise for Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD)

There has been growing literature on participatory ergonomics (PE) programs, in which teams work together to identify risks, and change tools, equipment and work processes to improve workplace conditions. But how do PE programs fit in with occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS) standards? In this study, Dr. Richard Wells examines elements of PE programs and contrasts them against key themes of OHSMS. The findings may not bode well for successful implementation of PE programs.

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