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Frequently-Asked Questions

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Q: What if I can't find an idea under the key word search?

A:

  • Do not use punctuation of any sort
  • Check to see that you spelled the word correctly
  • Try a similar word such as "forklift" for "lift truck"
  • Use one specific word in your phrase such as "baggage" rather than "lifting baggage"
  • If you still can't find anything, try a search under your industry or the problem you are trying to fix.

Q: Does L&I endorse the ideas I might find on this Web site?

A: Although L&I staff have reviewed the ideas found on this Web site to make sure they are consistent with the general practice of ergonomics, L&I does not endorse any commercial products found on this site. For more information, read L&I's Intended Use policy.

Q: I'm confused about some terms used on your Web site, is there any help you can give me?

A: Some terms are defined in the glossary. If you're still unclear about these terms or need further help, email:email an L&I ergonomist for assistance.

Q: If I have questions about this Web site or if I need help with it, who can I contact?

A: If you have a question about the Web site or the ergonomics rule, or if you have a question about an idea for a solution to a specific problem that you cannot find on the Ergonomics Ideas Web site, you can email the L&I ergonomists at: email:ergonomics@lni.wa.gov

Q: Where did the ideas on this Web site come from?

A: L&I ergonomists have collected ideas from many sources, including Washington state employers and employees, trade associations, unions, universities, government associations and consultation reports. L&I encourages anyone with ideas to submit them for possible addition to the database.

Q: How do I submit an idea that I know about?

A: To submit an idea, fill out the online form at: http://www.lni.wa.gov/Safety/SprainsStrains/IdeasBank/submit.asp

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