Ergonomics in the Workplace
Ergonomics is the study of designing work and the work environment to conform to the capabilities and limitations of the worker. The results of incorporating ergonomic considerations into workplace and job task design are fewer injuries, improved comfort, reduced errors and increased productivity. According to OSHA, work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are among the most frequently reported causes of lost or restricted work time. MSDs affect the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons. Depending on the industry, some workers are exposed to more risk factors than others. Regardless of the industry, work-related MSDs can be prevented through incorporating ergonomic practices into your workplace. Implementing an ergonomic process is effective in reducing the risk of developing MSDs in high-risk industries.
Elements of Ergonomic Process:
- Provide Management Support
- Involve Workers
- Provide Training
- Identify Problems
- Encourage Early Reporting of MSD Symptoms
- Implement Solutions to Control Hazards
- Evaluate Progress and Make Changes as Necessary
Remember this process should be part of your health and safety program. It should be consistently monitored for progress and improvements.
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