CI-2009 IEQpc44: Ergonomics strategy

  • Good Ergonomics Important for Worker Health, and Productivity

    This pilot credit is based off the existing LEED interpretationLEED Interpretations are official answers to technical inquiries about implementing LEED on a project. They help people understand how their projects can meet LEED requirements and provide clarity on existing options. LEED Interpretations are to be used by any project certifying under an applicable rating system. All project teams are required to adhere to all LEED Interpretations posted before their registration date. This also applies to other addenda. Adherence to rulings posted after a project registers is optional, but strongly encouraged. LEED Interpretations are published in a searchable database at usgbc.org. for Commercial Interiors.  It is designed to explain the importance of ergonomics for worker health and productivity.

    Credit Submittals

    General

    1. Register for Pilot Credit(s) here
    2. Register a username at LEEDuser.com, and participate in online forum
    3. Submit feedback survey; supply PDF of your survey/confirmation of completion with credit documentation

    Credit Specific

    1. Strategic plan for a comprehensive ergonomics strategy outling how each of the four items will be achieved
    2. Document the two education sessions
    3. Example follow up survey

    Additional Questions

    1. Do the referenced standards adequately address all of the ergonomics needs in your facility?
    2. How difficult was it to document this credit?
    3. Did your business already have an ergonomics strategy in place?  If so, how did it relate to these requirements?

     

  • USGBC

    Excerpted from LEED 2009 for Commercial Interiors

    IEQ Pilot Credit 44: Ergonomics strategy

    Intent

    To promote healthy, comfortable, and productive work by designing the workplace to accommodate its users.

    Requirements

    Identify activities and building functions that would benefit from the application of ergonomics in the selection of appropriate furnishings, equipment and education.

    Consult current ergonomics standards and guidelines relevant to the tasks that will be performed in the building. For computer workstations, these include:

    • BIFMA G1-2002 (to be superseded by BIFMA G1-2011 when approved)
    • ANSI/HFES 100-2007
    • CSA Z412-00 (R2011)

    For non-computer workstations these include:

    • Z1004-09, OSHA 3192-05N(2004)
    • OSHA 3182 (revised 2009)

    Prior to designing the interior (including lighting, thermal environment, office layout, individual workstation design, furnishings and equipment) consult with and analyze occupant needs. Review potential design options with occupants.

    Analyze these occupant needs:

    • User characteristics (age, size, shape, weight, ability/disability, gender)
    • Tasks performed (including relative importance and priority of tasks, frequency, duration)
    • Equipment and materials used along with storage requirements

    Demonstrate that key interrelated ergonomic principles1 were incorporated into the interior design that facilitate occupant well-being (health, performance, and satisfaction).

    Provide ergonomics education and training to all users upon installation of furniture and equipment.

    1Key ergonomic interrelated principles include versatility and flexibility, fit, postural change, worker education and training, and maintainability and adaptability.

    Credit specific:
    1. Strategic plan for a comprehensive ergonomics strategy outlining how each item will be achieved
    2. Document the two education sessions
    3. Example follow up survey

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Lisa Marshall Ecological Building Strategies
Apr 09 2014
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Ergonomic Strategy - 75% ergonomic workstations

I recently had a reviewer request a compliance calculation confirming that at least 75% of the tenant occupants have an ergonomic workstation. I do not see this listed anywhere as a requirement. I have a copy of the Pilot credit for Ergonomics and I also found the Ergonomic Strategy currently listed on USGBC website, neither references this requirement. My understanding is that after going through an ergonomic study and based on need, an employee would be furnished ergonomic workstation/METWA's to improve the employees work space. Do you know of any newer list of requirements for this Innovation credit?

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Larissa Oaks Specialist, LEED , USGBC Apr 09 2014 LEEDuser Expert 504 Thumbs Up

Hi Lisa,
Did you see the language specific to Existing Building projects?
From the credit library on usgbc.org, if you select LEED for Existing Buildings and LEED 2009, and search on ergonomics you will see the pilot credit language. Direct link is: http://www.usgbc.org/node/2606917?return=/credits/existing-buildings/v2009

The language doesn't exactly say 75% of tenants occupants must have ergonomic workstation, but the ergonomic policy must cover at least 75% of the workers.

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Lisa Marshall Ecological Building Strategies Apr 11 2014 Guest 43 Thumbs Up

Yes, that is the language I have been using and I haven't been asked to provide ergonomic workstations for 75% of building occupants before. I also haven't read that language to imply that is was required. Luckily this project has adjustable height desks, therefore I believe this would comply, but I am not certain. If this means sit/stand desks, we wouldn't comply.

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BKSK Architect BKSK Architects
Jul 15 2013
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Ergonomics Guidelines Clarification

In reference to "developing a comprehensive ergonomics strategy" - the Credit Language states that:

"Project teams must consult current ergonomics standards and guidelines relevant to the tasks that will be performed in the building. For computer workstations, these include BIFMA G1-2002 (to be superseded by BIFMA G1-2007 when balloted), AN-SI/HFES 100-2007, and CSA Z412-00 (R2005). For non-computer workstations these include Z1004-09, OSHA 3192-05N(2004) and OSHA 3182 (revised 2009)"

Does this mean that all task furniture to be used in the project must meet all the recommendations and requirements of all of these standards?

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Larissa Oaks Specialist, LEED , USGBC Nov 25 2013 LEEDuser Expert 504 Thumbs Up

Hi,
The task furniture does not need to meet the recommendations and requirements of all of the standards. Rather, the standards and guidelines should be reviewed for applicability, incorporated into the design as appropriate, and used to demonstrate that key interrelated ergonomic principles were incorporated into the interior design to facilitate occupant well-being (health, performance, and satisfaction).

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Yuanguang Li Project director, Atkins Nov 27 2013 Guest 4 Thumbs Up

The mentioned standards could be a good reference when the project has all the related equipment. Owing to the fact that the actual project conditions vary from working type, region, company culture, etc, the tailored ergonomics standard should be developed beyond the mentioned one. In addition, some companies pay special attention to the employees working health and have cumulative wisdom from years of experience, and come up with best practice of ergonomics, and could be more strict and applicable than the mentioned standards in some areas.
The Pilot credit is allowing more practices to be come up and make the requirements more human-centered and applicable.

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Krystle Thomsen Assistant Project Manager Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Mar 22 2013
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Ergonomics Strategy IEQpc44 - Question on CIR 2238 Wording

When I was researching this credit, I used CIRCredit Interpretation Ruling. Used by design team members experiencing difficulties in the application of a LEED prerequisite or credit to a project. Typically, difficulties arise when specific issues are not directly addressed by LEED information/guide 2283. Under requirements, it states that the "strategy must include the five components listed below". I only see 4, unless there was a typo in the CIR itself. Can someone help me find out the 5th requirement (is there even one)?

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Mar 22 2013 LEEDuser Moderator

Krystie, it looks to me like a typo. I can only see items labeled from 1 to 4 in Interpretation 2283. There are some sub-components labeled a to e, but that seems different.

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Larissa Oaks Specialist, LEED , USGBC Nov 25 2013 LEEDuser Expert 504 Thumbs Up

Hi Krystie,
It is a typo, there are only four requirements. The LEED interpretationLEED Interpretations are official answers to technical inquiries about implementing LEED on a project. They help people understand how their projects can meet LEED requirements and provide clarity on existing options. LEED Interpretations are to be used by any project certifying under an applicable rating system. All project teams are required to adhere to all LEED Interpretations posted before their registration date. This also applies to other addenda. Adherence to rulings posted after a project registers is optional, but strongly encouraged. LEED Interpretations are published in a searchable database at usgbc.org. has been updated. Thanks!

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Joanna Paull
Feb 13 2013
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the next step in ergonomic excellence

I just wanted to check in with all you bright folks about strategies that are on the up and up. Our project was inclusive of adjustable task seating, full articulating equipment and adjustable task lighting....but what else have you gotten positive feedback for that is not part of our quintessential designer's checklist just yet?

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Zhengqian Cai Faithful+Gould, ATKINS May 06 2013 Guest 25 Thumbs Up

You may also want to have some small ergo equipment in stock for your employees' usage, like, Ergo Laptop Stand, Mouse Pad with Wrist Support. In addition, the regular ergo training and feedback survey from employees are necessary.

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Melissa Wackerle Sustainability Manager The Beck Group
Nov 05 2012
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Feedback Survey

Where can I get a copy of the feedback survey? The link above is broken. Thanks in advance.

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Nov 05 2012 LEEDuser Moderator

Melissa, the link is working fine for me. Try again, or let me know what happens when you click on it?

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Melissa Wackerle Sustainability Manager, The Beck Group Nov 21 2012 Guest 126 Thumbs Up

Ah. The problem was that I was linking through Firefox. It worked fine from Internet Explorer.

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SmithGroupJJR IP
Oct 18 2012
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Documenting the two education sessions

How have people been documenting the two education sessions? Are we to document the material that will be used in future education sessions? Because this is a new construction project the building will not be occupied and therefore the education sessions will not occur until after we submit the credits.

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Chloe Bendistis Sustainability Project Manager, The Sheward Partnership, LLC Oct 18 2012 Guest 185 Thumbs Up

You are correct. The educational programs shall occur during occupancy, so it is an "on your honor" requirement to implement them after LEED certification is complete. Similar to the thermal comfort survey. We had this pilot credit awarded recently. We provided a detailed narrative describing how the educational programs will be implemented. Also, we noted anticipated dates of implementation. Here are a few examples. (1) A welcome packet shall be emailed to each employee upon arrival to the new space with video tutorials on how to adjust their tools; (2) HR provides monthly educational sessions with employees and one of the sessions shall be focused on ergonomics; (3) Trained ergonomist shall lead classroom-style ergonomics training followed by individualized workstation fittings.

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Julia Duhart Project Manager, Braun & Steidl Architects Jun 10 2013 Guest 51 Thumbs Up

This is really helpful, I had the same question. Another question I have is does the furniture have to meet all three standards listed, BIFMA, ANSI & CFA?

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Melissa Wackerle Sustainability Manager The Beck Group
Aug 07 2012
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LEED Online/Adobe Forms for Pilot Credits

Has the USGBC/GBCI developed LEED Online forms for these pilot credits? I didn't find any in the Pilot Credit Resources page on USGBC's website.

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Batya Metalitz Manager, LEED Technical Development, USGBC Aug 08 2012 LEEDuser Expert 2422 Thumbs Up

Hi Melissa -

Pilot credits are submitted through the IDc1 form in LEED Online, so they don't have their own form. Instead, the items listed above (under General and Credit Specific) should be uploaded under IDc1 and will be reviewed as part of the standard project review. On the Resources page (http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2515) you will find a link to registration and the survey though.

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Melissa Wackerle Sustainability Manager, The Beck Group Aug 08 2012 Guest 126 Thumbs Up

Thanks, Batya. I've documented many ID credits with the current form, but was hoping another template had been created to upload as support documentation. I registered for the Pilot credit a while back and will be sure to include that comment in the survey.

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Batya Metalitz Manager, LEED Technical Development, USGBC Aug 08 2012 LEEDuser Expert 2422 Thumbs Up

Hopefully in the future we can standardize the pilot documentation more, but because pilot credits are so dynamic, it makes it difficult to develop forms for each one and keep up with the changes to the credits. That's why the documentation is more open ended. With standard LEED credits that type of form development takes many months of designing, building and testing.

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Kirstin Weikert
Jan 26 2012
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Pilot Credit #44 Ergonomics Strategy - Project Team learnings

Most of the documentation time was spent on creating tool and survey templates. A recommendation for the USGBC is to provide templates and forms under Credit Resources for future project teams.

During design development phase, ask the manufacturers of Workstations and Task Chairs to show how their products compare to the ergonomic standards. Our team found that BIFMA G1-2002 and ANSI 100-2007 standards were more commonly found in task chair product literature and brochures vs. workstations product literature. Other reference standards were not identified at all in any product brochures

Select best products using the products comparison to the ergonomic standards. And then use it as an LEED Documentation exhibit.

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Chloe Bendistis Sustainability Project Manager, The Sheward Partnership, LLC Feb 29 2012 Guest 185 Thumbs Up

In response to Kristin's post, it can be very time consuming to develop the survey, but there are some established tools out there. Definitely check out the website for Cornell University's Human Factors and Ergonomics Research Group (CHFERG), directed by Professor Alan Hedge.

http://ergo.human.cornell.edu/default.htm

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BKSK Architect BKSK Architects Jul 15 2013 LEEDuser Member 739 Thumbs Up

Are project teams expected to create completely new user feedback surveys - or is it allowable to use existing surveys - like those provided by Cornell University - so long as they are applicable to the project's specific user groups and activities?

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Cindy Davis Associate Principal Callison Architecture
Jan 16 2012
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Pilot Credit #44 Ergonomics Strategy - wall /work surface ratio

I received a second review comment “Documentation demonstrating that on-site measurements or product data for finishes to demonstrate an average wall-surface-to-work surface illuminance ratio does not exceed 3:1 has not been provided.” In the Pilot Credit #44 credit requirements, I never saw a request for this information to be provided as part of the pilot credit requirements and I am unclear how to provide this. Any recommendations?

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Cindy Davis Associate Principal Callison Architecture
Jan 16 2012
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Pilot Credit #44 Ergonomics Strategy - LEED User registration

I received a comment back from our LEED preliminary design review that the 'reviewer' is unclear if the project team representative (me) has registered with LEEDuser, since a completed survey has not been provided.” Yet I had provided them two emails one of which was the “LEED Pilot Credit Confirmation” email as well as the email “Pilot Credit Survey Confirmation” email both of which I received from you – pilot@usgbc.org along with my documentation. Both of these emails were provided as documentation showing my participation in the LEEDuser and the Pilot Credit program. I never got an actual copy of the survey I completed. Is that what they are asking for? I don’t know how to obtain that. Please advise.

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Batya Metalitz Manager, LEED Technical Development, USGBC Jan 27 2012 LEEDuser Expert 2422 Thumbs Up

Cindy, sorry for the confusion with this. Your documentation was correct and hopefully future projects will not run into the same issue.

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Cindy Davis Associate Principal, Callison Architecture Jan 27 2012 LEEDuser Member 212 Thumbs Up

Thanks Batya!
Any chance you might have any advice or guidance for the other review comment above regarding the Ergonomics Strategy? Seems like the Reviewer's comment/request is much more related to the Pilot Credit #22 - Indoor Quality Lighting. I do understand the relevance due to glare, but providing an illuminance ratio was never mentioned in the credit requirements.

Thanks again,

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Batya Metalitz Manager, LEED Technical Development, USGBC Jan 30 2012 LEEDuser Expert 2422 Thumbs Up

Hi Cindy, this has also been corrected, you're in the first few projects to document this pilot credit and the review language was inaccurate, but hopefully you'll find these issues are corrected now. Thanks for your patience!

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Cindy Davis Associate Principal, Callison Architecture Jan 30 2012 LEEDuser Member 212 Thumbs Up

Thanks Batya,
Can you clarify where these actual corrections to the reviewer's comments are being posted or made? I'm not seeing it posted to my LEED Online project site.

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Zhengqian Cai Faithful+Gould, ATKINS May 06 2013 Guest 25 Thumbs Up

I have the same problem and will try to clarify it for the final review.

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Linda Miller Principal Ergonomist EWI Works
Sep 22 2011
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LEED and Ergonomics

Seeking your Input:

Does your organization have a policy pertaining to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)? This study may be for you, we are examining how ergonomics is connected to the LEED certification process.

Study Purpose: A doctoral student from Boston University is examining the link between ergonomics and LEED certification in both Canada and the United States.

The study is exploratory in nature, using survey and interview methods. The primary focus will be to determine why project managers did not apply for the innovation in design credit for an office ergonomics strategy in past LEED accredited projects. The goal is to better understand why individuals are not applying for the credit so that an education and training program can be designed to increase participation in the future.

Click on the following link to gain more information pertaining to the study:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VGBNHKC

If you have any questions please contact:

Linda Miller, OT MEDes, OTD (Candidate Boston University)

780-436-0024

llmiller@bu.edu

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