Are you looking to
reduce worker’s compensation and health care costs for your company?
productivity one of your company’s core business objectives this year? How
about improving product quality?
If this is the case (and
I’ll assume it is), then establishing or improving upon your company’s
workplace ergonomics process should be on the top of your to-do list.
In fact, leading
companies are integrating ergonomics deeply into all of their operations. And
it’s no wonder when you take a look at the benefits of an effective ergonomics
The Washington State
Department of Labor and Industries reviewed 250 ergonomics case studies to
reveal the impact of ergonomics on business goals like cost savings,
productivity and product quality.
What did they find? That
ergonomics is well worth the investment. You can check out an overview of their
findings here:Examples of Costs and Benefits of Ergonomics [PDF]
Benefits of a Workplace
Here are five of the
proven benefits of a strong workplace ergonomics process:
1. Ergonomics reduces
systematically reducing ergonomic risk factors, you can prevent costly MSDs.
With approximately $1 out of every $3 in workers compensation costs attributed
to MSDs, this represents an opportunity for significant cost savings. Also,
don’t forget thatindirect costscan be up to twenty times the
direct cost of an injury.
2. Ergonomics improves
best ergonomic solutions will often improve
productivity. By designing a job to allow
for good posture, less exertion, fewer motions and better heights and reaches,
the workstation becomes more efficient.
3. Ergonomics improves
ergonomics leads to frustrated and fatigued workers that don’t do their best
work. When the job task is too physically taxing on the worker, they may not
perform their job like they were trained. For example, an employee might not
fasten a screw tight enough due to a high force requirement which could create
a product quality issue.
4. Ergonomics improves
notice when the company is putting forth their best efforts to ensure their
health and safety. If an employee does not experience fatigue and discomfort
during their workday, it can reduce turnover, decrease absenteeism, improve
morale and increase employee involvement.
5. Ergonomics creates a
better safety culture.Ergonomics
shows your company’s commitment to safety and health as a core value. The
cumulative effect of the previous four benefits of ergonomics is a stronger
safety culture for your company. Healthy employees are your most valuable
asset; creating and fostering the safety & health culture at your company
will lead to better human performance for your organization.
Workplace Ergonomics – Is it
worth the cost?
So is an ergonomics
process worth the cost? Yes, absolutely! Not only is ergonomics good for your
business, it’sgreat for your people. As
health & safety professionals, we need to be able to demonstrate the value
of ergonomics to get buy-in for the process.
Good managers consider
the following when making decisions:
Will this increase our
Will this decrease our costs?
Is this the right thing to do?
When considering a
workplace ergonomics process, you can answer with an emphatic “YES!” to all three of
Over to you …
What are some of the
benefits of ergonomics you’ve seen at your facility? Do you plan on spending
increased time, attention and resources on ergonomics this year? How do you
make the case for your ergonomics process?
Please feel free to drop
by the comments section below and let us know …
Reference :Ergonomics Plus