Peter Buckle




april 2021


1 Introduction

1.1 What is participatory ergonomics?

1.2 Why is it important?

1.3 Value of an inclusive, participatory process

2 Approaches in participatory ergonomics

2.1 Definition and involvement of key stakeholders for participatory approaches

2.2 Setting up a participatory ergonomics project

2.3 The process and steps involved

2.4 Challenges of evaluating a real-world intervention

2.5 Methods used within participatory ergonomics approaches to address musculoskeletal disorders

3 Reviews of case studies on participatory ergonomics

3.1 Case studies applying participatory ergonomics to address musculoskeletal disorders in the workforce

3.1.1 Case study: evaluation of a participatory ergonomic intervention process in kitchen work (Pehkonen et al., 2009)

3.1.2 Case study: ‘Participatory ergonomics applied in installation work’ (de Jong and Vink, 2002)

3.1.3 Case study: ‘A randomised and controlled trial of a participative ergonomics intervention to reduce injuries associated with manual tasks: physical risk and legislative compliance’ (Straker et al., 2007)

3.1.4 Case study: ‘Process evaluation of a participatory ergonomics programme to prevent low back pain and neck pain among workers’ (Driessen et al., 2010)

3.1.5 Case study: ‘Effects of participatory ergonomic intervention on the development of upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders and disability in office employees using a computer’ (Baydur et al., 2016)

3.1.6 Case study: ‘A low-cost and efficient participatory ergonomic intervention to reduce the burden of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in an industrially developing country: an experience report’(Bernardes et al., 2020)

3.1.7 Case study: ‘Effects of a participatory ergonomics intervention with wearable technical measurements of physical workload in the construction industry: cluster randomised controlled trial’(Brandt et al., 2018)

4 Success factors, limitations and lessons learned


Further reading

5 References


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