A baseline assessment of the current work environment is recommended prior to devising an ergonomic improvement strategy. This service is designed to help your organization quickly prioritize risk and identify current ergonomic challenges. We will perform an on‐site evaluation of current risk factors, design standards and technology challenges. A detailed report is prepared shortly after the site visit. Components of our approach are listed below.
Identification of musculoskeletal risk factors
musculoskeletal risk will be assessed throughout the work environment.
Because tasks often dictate posture, rest break schedules and joint movement, it is critical that our team can gain a better understanding of the workers’ tasks. The most computer intensive tasks will be examined so that specific recommendations for improvement can be made.
Speaking with employees helps improve our understanding of challenges that can be difficult to measure through observation alone. These include worker comfort, job stress, equipment challenges and perceived job demands. Interviews are informal and last no longer than 10 minutes. Three to five interviews are conducted per facility. Historically, the feedback has proved invaluable.
Review of existing equipment and technology standards
Workstation design and configuration are often linked directly to worker discomfort. All workstation configurations will be analyzed and compared to established ergonomic design guidelines. The following technological components are also considered:
- Monitor technology and size
- Input device design
- Computing technology
- Placement of technology
The ambient environment has been linked to worker health and performance. The following areas can be quickly measured and analyzed where necessary: lighting, noise levels, thermal conditions, relative humidity
Once this process is completed our team will:
- Identify strengths and weaknesses
- Identification of loop holes
- Identify risks of injuries
- Prepare long term and short term goals
- Rectify using ergonomic principles and body mechanics
- Create awareness among employees
- Conduct audits to check results
Our goal is to achieve ‘0’ MSDs.
By applying ergonomics to their work environments, companies can experience a ripple effect of the benefits. When a company takes a proactive approach to employee safety and well-being, employees take notice of this active stance on their wellness. They report higher levels of job satisfaction and show higher commitment levels. Employees’ positive reaction to this demonstrated care for their health yields a variety of benefits, such as decreased turnover rates and better work quality, as well as improved output, engagement and morale. When employees are more committed to a company, they are more productive and even display more initiative and effort in the tasks performed. As a result of higher employee engagement, satisfaction and productivity, the company projects an improved corporate image, which may lead to better community relationships and a more impactful brand.
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