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Question of the Month

From the Catherwood Library reference librarians

June 2003

PLEASE NOTE: The Reference Question of the Month is kept current only during the month for which it was written. Archived questions will not be updated, and over time may contain inaccurate information or broken web links. We provide archived questions as a service, since much of the information will remain accurate and of continued interest to the ILR community.

Question: Where can I find useful information on workplace ergonomics online?

Answer: You can find a wealth of online resources on workplace ergonomics

Cornell University Ergonomics Web
CUErgo presents information from Ergonomics research studies and class work, conducted by the Cornell Human Factors and Ergonomics Group in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University, on ways to improve usability, comfort, performance and health, through the ergonomic design of hardware, software, and workplaces.

Cornell University Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program (MSIPP)
Provides general information on MSIPP and the services it offers to Cornell faculty and staff.

CTDNews—Ergonomics and Workplace Safety
Monthly online newsletter published by the Center for Workplace Health. Provides summaries of current and back issues CTD symptoms and preventions, ergonomic resources. Also covers special subjects such as fraud and abuse in workers' compensation. Product evaluations also available.

Free access to case studies, reference room including ergonomic standards, buyers guide. Free registration allows participation in the ergoweb-list e-mail discussion group. Pay subscription allows access to many other ergonomics resources such as the ErgoWeb Job Evaluator ToolBox.

Ergonomics and Human Factors links by subjects. ERGOWORLD is divided into six parts: three devoted to ergonomics (office ergonomics, industrial ergonomics, injury prevention/treatment); and three devoted to human factors (HCI/usability, air & ground HF, product design). Also provides information on products, jobs, consultants/organizations, university programs, and industry events. What's new section updated weekly.

Healthy Computing—Office Ergonomics
Provides ergonomic setup tips, articles archive and explanation of conditions and treatments. Also includes simple stretches and exercises to perform at work. Content developed by the private company Healthy Computing with the help of nearly a dozen world-renown ergonomists, physicians, and physical therapists.

OERC (Office Ergonomics Research Committee)
Created by OERC, a non-profit committee of companies interested in advancing research in office Ergonomics. Includes summaries of research findings, extensive bibliographies and press releases.

This occupational safety and health database is accessible to Cornell University users through the Library Gateway's Find Databases. Indexes scholarly journals on topics including workplace safety and health.

UCLA Ergonomics
Updated daily. Includes information on injuries and prevention, exercises and tips for computer users.

— Researched by sy82