Work Item
ASTM WK80655

New Practice for Characterization of Physical Demands Performed by Workers

1. Scope

The development and maintenance of standards for exoskeletons and exosuits. The Committee will encourage research in this field and sponsor symposia, workshops, and publications to facilitate the development of such standards. The work of this Committee will be coordinated with other ASTM technical committees and organizations having mutual or related interests.


Return to work; Physical demands; injury prevention


Increasing physical demands of jobs have long been associated with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) posing an enormous public health burden.2 There has been a growing interest in the adoption of exosuits and exoskeletons with the goal of reducing fatigue and overall MSD risks in the work place. Currently there is a lack of innovative and technological solutions to identify risk factors for poor RTW outcomes. It is important to first quantify the physical demands of jobs performed by workers

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: 01-24-2022

Technical Contact: Venkat Venkata subramanian

Item: 000