Ergonomics programs are designed to provide systematic ways to reduce musculoskeletal disorders once risk factors have been identified, analyzed, and controlled. By developing appropriate ergonomic solutions, further losses as a result in a decline in productivity, quality of work, absenteeism, lost time injury and worker's compensation premiums can be mitigated.
In 2018 and 2019, ten occupations, including laborers and freight, stock and material movers, hand had the highest cases with tractor-trailer truck drivers following. The median number of days away from work ranged from 8-20, depending on industry and the types of jobs performed.
According to OH&S Online, some common disorders from MSDs can sometimes be over simplified to a singular cause for damage vs. accounting for multiple factors and referred to "repetitive motion injury" or "repetitive stress injury" or an "overuse injury" may include:
Designing the right ergonomic intervention requires and understanding of work-processes, job tasks, equipment and workplace layout. Here is one of the first questions to consider:
Are machines or people best suited to complete a particular task?
By understanding the answer to this question, you will determine whether your workplace layout is creating undue stress or strain while the employees are performing work functions.
Per NIOSH, the below guide offers 7 simple steps to evaluate and address MSDs in your workplace:
NIOSH recommends that ergonomic programs be used to supplement existing occupational health and safety management systems.
Arbill's EH&S Managed Services team and Safety Advisors can identify ergonomics risk and injury reduction solutions through our Ergo-Ology program and offer ergonomics audits, assessments, program development and training solutions designed for your specific needs.
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