Ergonomic Issues in the workplace do affect productivity.
What is an Ergonomic Assessment and what are its benefits?
Companies can significantly reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries through undertaking Ergonomic Assessment.
Ergonomics is not just about how you set up your workstation. Unfortunately this is what most people understand.
Ergonomics is the study of how a person performs work.
Ideally when designing tasks consideration must be given to the process flow, the plant and the environment in which the task is to be performed.
Ergonomics considers the physical and psychological impact on the human body.
- Muscular effort – physiological issues – workstation design – heavy work tasks – handling loads – skill of worker
- Human-machine systems – mental activity – fatigue – stress – boredom – job design issues – monotonous tasks
- Working hours – eating habits – night work – shift work – vision – lighting – noise – vibration – indoor climate
Ergonomic evaluations are a method to analysis the component of work that is impacting on work health, safety and well-being.
The benefits of ergonomic evaluations have been shown to not only improve efficiency and effectiveness of the workers undertaking the task, it will improve productivity, reduce cost associated with low work satisfaction, turnover of staff and lower injury rates and hence insurance premiums.
Ergonomic evaluations are undertaken in consultation with those who perform the task, yes your employees. Have you spoken to your workers about tasks that may have any of the above-mentioned issues?
Workstation Assessments are a very useful as part of as office ergonomics program. Given that our working conditions have undergone such rapid and fundamental changes with the technology used and the amount of sedentary work undertaken, your employees would benefit from training in office ergonomics through our ergonomic workstation assessments.
Safety for Life can assist with the development and implementation of a participative ergonomic program for your operations. This will enable the provision of managing high risk manual task through informing, reporting, educating and redesigned work tasks that reduce risk of musculoskeletal disorders and effectively improve efficiency and productivity.
Contact Us and let us know how we can assist with your workplace ergonomics program.