Effectiveness of participatory ergonomics interventions: a systematic review
Reasons for the study
There is evidence that the inappropriate design of workplaces and work processes contributes significantly to the development of common work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). By improving ergonomic aspects of work and workplaces, it should be possible to prevent or reduce these disorders and increase productivity. IWH conducted a systematic review to summarize the existing scientific literature on the effectiveness of workplace-based participatory ergonomics interventions in improving workers' health.
Completed in 2005, this systematic review found enough evidence to recommend the use of PE interventions as a way to improve health outcomes. The review team also developed a set of recommendations aimed at improving how such research is designed and evaluated.
Related scientific publications
- Rivilis I, Van Eerd D, Cullen KL, Cole DC, Irvin E, Tyson J, Mahood Q. Effectiveness of participatory ergonomic interventions on health outcomes: a systematic review. Applied Ergonomics. 2008;39(3):342-358. doi:10.1016/j.apergo.2007.08.006.
- Cole D, Rivilis I, Van Eerd D, Cullen KL, Irvin E, Kramer D. Effectiveness of participatory ergonomic interventions: a systematic review. Institute for Work & Health; 2005.
Related research summaries
- Effectiveness of participatory ergonomics: summary of a systematic review . Sharing Best Evidence: Institute for Work & Health, February 2005.
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario