A Primer Based on Workplace Evaluations of Musculoskeletal Disorders

March 1997
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 97-117
cover of 97-117

This primer describes the basic elements of a workplace program aimed at preventing work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs). Management commitment, worker participation, and training are addressed along with procedures for identifying evaluating, and controlling risk factors for WMSDs. The text cites NIOSH ergonomics investigations to illustrate practical ways for meeting program needs. The primer includes a “toolbox,” which is a collection of techniques, methods, reference materials, and sources for other information that can help in program development.

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This document has been updated and is available at the following link. Updated Ergonomic Primer

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