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NIOSH Releases Spanish-Language Construction Ergonomics Guide

NIOSH recently released a Spanish-language guide to help employers and workers effectively prevent job-related musculoskeletal injuries in the construction industry.

The booklet includes background information regarding ergonomics and musculoskeletal disorders from a construction industry perspective, and 20 two-page tip sheets that describe currently available tools and equipment that may help reduce physical stresses to the body that can lead to job-related musculoskeletal injuries.

“Soluciones Simples - Soluciones ergonómicas para trabajadores de la construcción” (NIOSH Pub. 2007-122/SP 2009) is the Spanish language translation of the NIOSH English-language publication, Simple Solutions – Ergonomics for Construction Workers (NIOSH Pub. 2007-122).

“Soluciones Simples responds to employers’ and workers’ needs for practical guidance written for construction workers whose first and perhaps only language is Spanish,” said NIOSH Director John Howard, M.D. “Preventing painful and sometimes disabling injuries from stressful or repetitive job tasks is a wise investment for the wellbeing of workers, their families, and businesses alike.”

Single copy and bulk orders of the Spanish and English language versions of the booklet are available. An electronic edition of the Spanish language version can be accessed online at, and the English language version can be found at

NIOSH is the federal agency that conducts research and makes recommendations for preventing job-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. More information about NIOSH research in the construction industry can be found at NIOSH’s portal to additional Spanish-language resources can be found at

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