The Sprouting of “Green” Ergonomics

Keywords The Sprouting of “Green” Ergonomics HFES Bulletin Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Council
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Second, the submittal must provide a list of purchased METWAs and furnishings that have been selected to minimize the risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. The submission can include cut sheets and manufacturer information for each METWA. To help project teams in making appropriate choices, it is suggested that they consider METWAs, furnishings, and other ergonomic solutions that will reduce each of the following:
• “awkward, nonneutral work postures (e.g., neck, shoulders,
hands-wrist, low back, elbows, lower extremities);
• duration of sustained/static work postures (e.g., leaning forward,
elevated arms, continuous grip);
• grip and pinch forces associated with required tasks (e.g., correct
• repetition and duration of tasks, especially those with nonneutral
postures and/or higher forces; and
• contact stress–resting soft tissues of the body on hard or sharp

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Alan Hedge is a professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. To access three “green ergonomics” worksheets and a sample user survey, go to

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