If you're reading this blog, then I'm assuming you're working like I am--from home. When this first all started, i.e.
One of the most common question I am asked about ergonomics pertains to how to best sustain the program and improvements. Most companies experience very few issues in starting ergonomics, whether that be initial training of an “ergo team” or making primary improvements to a work area. However, sustaining those effects seems to be where things break down. The following are 5 methods to ensure sustainability of ergonomics.
1. Integrate ergonomics into your current methods your company uses for sustaining process, quality and productivity improvements.
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the most common types of injuries that occur in most industries. MSDs on average account for up to 75% of workplace recordable injuries. In order to reduce the injury rate and related expenses, companies should focus on methods to reduce and/or prevent MSDs. There are essentially 5 different approaches to managing MSDs. Listed from least effective to most effective, they are:
Does your vehicle cause pain in your back, neck, shoulders or legs? If you say yes you are far from alone. For those of you who don’t drive often or for long distances, the discomfort for the most is minimal. However, if driving is an essential part of your job or if you have a long commute, the discomfort could be quite an issue. In severe cases, the only fix is get a different vehicle which isn’t always an easy or cheap. So, how do you prevent getting the wrong vehicle for you? First you need to know what causes discomfort and then you need to know yourself, i.e.
In my career, I have been an employee for companies in which I was a part of leadership team in implementing ergonomics and lean programs.