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Ergonomics And Productivity – Some Tips To Use Ergonomic Thought

How does ergonomics improve productivity?

The presence of ergonomic risk factors — awkward postures, excessive force, and high task repetition — makes a job more frustrating and difficult to perform. This causes a variety of problems including losses in productivity. And yes, it can be counted and quantified

The ergonomics improvement process reduces risk factors and improves the interaction between the work and the worker. Done well, this process removes barriers to productivity and makes job tasks easier and faster to accomplish.

Improve productivity by reducing awkward postures

Working in an awkward posture is not an efficient way to work. The ergonomics process encourages work to be done in the “comfort zone”, causing less fatigue and helping you work faster and more accurately.

Improve productivity by reducing high force requirements

High force requirements cause unnecessary exertion that slows work down. Using mechanical assists, counter balance systems, adjustable height lift tables and workstations, powered equipment and ergonomic tools will reduce work effort and muscle exertions.

Improve productivity by reducing highly repetitive tasks

High task repetition, especially when combined with other risks factors such high force and/or awkward postures, increases fatigue and slows the work process down. Excessive or unnecessary motions should be reduced if at all possible. In situations where this is not possible, it is important to eliminate excessive force requirements and awkward postures.

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

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.

2018-07-09T13:59:32-07:00Ergonomic Benefits|