With budgets tightening, dramatic reductions in headcount AND increasing workers compensation costs, companies everywhere are looking for an EDGE. Something as simple as employee education on the use of ergonomic products can make an impact. Take a look at a recent article from Medical News Today on the findings of a study published in the October Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). Proactive Approach To Ergonomics Reduces Pain In Office Workers.
EHS Manager! Have you incorporated Ergonomics into your 2010 plan?
November 19, 2009 by Cyndi Davis
Employee training is a great start. Make sure your employees understand HOW an ergonomic product, a chair or keyboard tray, should be used. Ergonomic products and related training only scratch the surface of what ergonomics can deliver.
What every EHS Manager should be thinking about, where are the clusters of MSD’s (Musculoskeletal Disorders) within my enterprise? What categories of workers – office, warehouse, laboratory, production – are manifesting similar injuries or complaints? An Ergonomic task assessment can identify and quantify INJURY DRIVERS and through the redesign process, eliminate these drivers. Avoid injury BEFORE it happens.
How to sell an investment in proactive Ergonomics to your executive leadership? The average direct cost of an MSD is $25,000 and the indirect costs estimated at six times that figure, or $150,000; the math is easy. For example, in an office environment an end-to-end ergonomic solution; assessment, tools, accessories and education for an employee would cost approximately $1,000. The impacts within a warehouse or laboratory environment are even more compelling.