Frequently-Asked Questions

Q: How do I search this site for ideas?


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Industry Ideas for all risk factors in one specific industry.
Problem to Fix Ideas for one risk factor in all different industries.
Problem to Fix in a Specific Industry (Both pull-down menus) Ideas for one risk factor in one industry(the most specific search)
All Risk Factors in All Industries(Use both pull-down menus)(Choose "All" for each pull-down menu) All ideas in the database
Keyword search All ideas in all industries which address the word(s) you entered

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


  • 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:

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:

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