Are you looking to reduce worker’s compensation and health care costs for your company? Is improving 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 process. 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.
The result? Here are five of the proven benefits of a strong workplace ergonomics process:
- Ergonomics reduces costs. By 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 that indirect costs can be up to twenty times the direct cost of an injury.
- Ergonomics improves productivity. The 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.
- Ergonomics improves quality. Poor 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.
- Ergonomics improves employee engagement. Employees 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.
- 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
Good managers consider the following when making decisions:
- Will this increase our revenues?
- 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 these questions.
Reference: Ergonomics Plus http://ergo-plus.com/workplace-ergonomics-benefits
National Ergonomics and Exposition Conference
Las Vegas, Nevada
November 15- 18
Dr. Bunch addresses a workshop on Ergonomics and Wellness Intervention on November 15th and Fit-for-Duty Testing – Overcoming Legal Hurdles on November 17th.
Call for Presentations Announcement
The Sixth International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care is now open for submission of proposals from members and nonmembers. The symposium will be held March 5-8, 2017, at the Sheraton New Orleans.
If you’re working in any research or application area related to patient safety – including but not limited to the list below – Symposium Chairs Tony Andre and Joe Keebler encourage you to submit a proposal.
- emergency room management
- patient handling
- public health
- home health care
- electronic health records
- health-care information systems
- medical information technology
- design of medicine/drug delivery devices
- standards and guidelines
- human factors/user-centered design processes
- formative and summative usability testing