Using process evaluation to determine effectiveness of participatory ergonomics training interventions in construction

Work. 2012;41 Suppl 1(Suppl 1):3824-6. doi: 10.3233/WOR-2012-0684-3824.


The construction industry continues to experience high rates of musculoskeletal injuries despite the widespread promotion of ergonomic solutions. Participatory ergonomics (PE) has been suggested as one approach to engage workers and employers for reducing physical exposures from work tasks but a systematic review of participatory ergonomics programs showed inconclusive results.. A process evaluation is used to monitor and document the implementation of a program and can aid in understanding the relationship between the program elements and the program outcomes. The purpose of this project is to describe a proposed process evaluation for use in a participatory ergonomic training program in construction workers and to evaluate its utility in a demonstration project among floor layers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Construction Industry*
  • Ergonomics*
  • Floors and Floorcoverings
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training
  • Male
  • Musculoskeletal Pain / prevention & control*
  • Occupational Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Posture
  • Program Evaluation / methods*