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Why Implement Ergonomics
1. Ergonomics reduces costs.
By systematically reducing Ergonomic risk factors, your company can prevent musculoskeletal disorders. These types of “Bloodless Injuries” are often very expensive, yet easily preventable with a good Ergonomics program. Research consistently shows that “days away from work” due to non-fatal injuries is always higher for repetitive motion and overexertion injuries. For example, the time to recovery from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is longer than an amputation!
A key question you need to ask is “how is your company’s productivity or profitability being undermined by these repetitive/overexertion type injuries?”
2. Ergonomics improves productivity.
Ergonomic solutions will often improve productivity by reducing unnecessary force, movement or postures. By designing a job for the specific user population and work-flow allowing for good posture, less forceful exertion, fewer motions and more suitable heights and reaches, the workstation becomes more efficient and productive.
3. Ergonomics improves quality.
Poor Ergonomics leads to frustrated and fatigued workers. When the job task is too physically taxing on the worker, they may not perform their job like they were trained. Heard the expression “African time?” Try lifting bricks for an hour at midday in Angola. Africa has unique qualities that need to be addressed in an African way. We often see other international work paces, designs and even legislation being applied to work sites in Africa with often disastrous effects in terms of productivity and quality.
4. Ergonomics improves employee engagement.
If an employee does not experience fatigue and discomfort during their workday, it can reduce turnover, decrease absenteeism, improve morale and increase employee involvement. Employees are brought directly into the Ergonomics process; by being involved, they take ownership of their actions and thus creating a buy in from employees towards increasing health and safety. “Happy healthy employees are your most valuable asset.”