NIOSH Updates Ergonomics Guide to Prevent Work-related MSDs

Published August 9, 2017

​The NIOSH Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) Research Program recently updated Elements of Ergonomics Programs, a guide intended to help employers, workers, and others design effective ergonomics programs to prevent work-related MSDs. The new version of the document, which was originally published as a PDF in 1997, can be found on NIOSH’s website in HTML format. NIOSH’s updated guide describes practical strategies for identifying and correcting ergonomic deficiencies in a variety of workplace settings. According to the agency, the site allows users to tailor the information to their particular work situations.

The updated guide divides information into six pages or sections, which each represent a step in evaluating and addressing musculoskeletal concerns in the workplace. The six steps include identifying risk factors, involving and training management and workers, collecting health and medical evidence, implementing an ergonomic program, evaluating the program, and maintaining involvement.

Other resources, including references, forms and questionnaires, and outside sources on ergonomic guidelines and standards, are also available on the new Elements of Ergonomic Programs webpage.