Establish An Ergonomic Process
In order for our clients to deploy a successful ergonomic process within their companies, the process developed must be sustainable, business driven, cost effective, compliant and results in reduced injuries to its employees. To accomplish this process objective, four critical and important elements are required to launch an effective ergonomic process.
The Elements of the Ergonomic Process
1. The ergonomic process must be driven by risk identification and reduction strategies and management support. Once risk factors known to contribute to injury and illness are identified, the company must adopt a proactive approach to ergonomics by addressing these risks early and effectively. Waiting to respond only to actual injury and illness incidents will be costly while responding to identified risks in a preventative action oriented manner will result in improved performance and employee attitudes.
2. An effective ergonomic process must allow for quick implementation of known solutions to correct identified risks. This is accomplished by revising and adjusting routines/activities and physical reconfiguration of workstations. The “not invented here” attitude will cause real damage to solving preventable costly incidents. The proactive approach is required by the company.
3. Ergonomics must be positioned to management as an opportunity to improve business performance through better management of the company’s “human assets.” This element is important to identify the cost reduction impact on the company’s profitability through implementation of these improvements based on a healthy work force and improved productivity.
4. Launching an effective ergonomic process requires the “buy in” of all levels of the corporate organization from top management, middle management, line supervision and direct /indirect employees. Ergonomics cannot be successful without the full commitment, participation, support and cooperation of the entire organization. With this approach, ergonomic risks are identified early in the process and actions can be taken to control existing or future employee exposure to these risks.