Work Item
ASTM WK73074

New Guide for Identifying Potential Ergonomic Risks From Exoskeleton Use

1. Scope

Provide information to identify potential ergonomic risk factors of exoskeletons that are used to improve worker safety.


ergonomics; ergonomic injuries; ergonomic hazards; cumulative trauma; MSDs; musculoskeletal disorders, RSIs; repetitive strain injuries; RMIs; repetitive motion injuries; CTDs; cumulative trauma disorders; biomechanics; vibration; whole-body vibration; hand-arm vibration; contact pressure


Exoskeletons are often procured to reduce workers' risk of ergonomic injuries to the musculoskeletal system. However, the exoskeletons themselves can create new risks or exacerbate existing one. Implementers of exoskeletons (the intended users) need information on the potential ergonomic risks of exoskeletons.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: F48.02

Committee: F48

Staff Manager: Nora Nimmerichter

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 05-18-2020

Technical Contact: Delia Treaster

Item: 001

Ballot: F48.02 (22-01)

Status: Will Reballot Item