Stages of an Ergonomics Program, Part 2 – Where is Yours?

Take a firm that:

  1. Has Some Idea– Respond to those who persistently ask for help with some very basic support. This may include items like a footrest or placing paper reams under a monitor to raise it.  There is no active searching for issues to identify, understand and correct. There is no trained and knowledgeable support.  Therefore 90%+ of issues go without identification or any support. Is typically taken on as an additional duty by an employee who wants to help but has no support or budget to speak of.

KEY TIP: How to quickly measure the extent of the problem in your company for no cost: Give this task an employee that others like to talk to. Have them go to 15-20 randomly selected employees.   Have them ask the employees if they have any pain, numbness or tingling in their: Neck, shoulders, upper or lower back, arms, elbows, wrists, hands fingers, tail bone, thighs, ankles or feet.  Ask them if they are ever awakened at night by any of these symptoms.

They may tell you “I hurt because I am getting older” or “I play sports” or something like that. However, even if a small part of their issues is primarily caused by outside factors, they are always aggravated by a poorly designed workplace.  The big issue to you is that these problems are always a huge negative to your productivity. And that is every hour, every day, every week and every year. You pay for any new equipment 1 time! The good news is thatmost issues can be corrected and those injuries that have been aggravated can be reduced in intensity.