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Avoiding Ergonomic Mistakes

DID YOU KNOW? Ergonomic injuries account for 34 percent of workplace injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Improving the ergonomics at your workplace can help decrease the amount and severity of musculoskeletal disorders. But if you want to work towards better ergonomics, be sure you are doing it the right way by avoiding these common mistakes:

  • Focusing on injuries rather than exposures—To prevent injuries from occurring, you need to be proactive and identify risk factors before a worker is injured.
  • Having a narrow view—Ergonomics is not just about preventing injuries. Successful ergonomics can increase productivity and improve employee engagement.
  • Measuring with ineffective tools—Avoid using subjective measuring tools and look for tools with valid data that are based on risk factors and exposure rather than workplace conditions.
  • Failing to check—After implementing changes in your workplace to improve ergonomics, conduct a follow-up assessment to verify that the changes you made were effective in eliminating injury risk factors. This is a major step in your continuous improvement process.
  • Using an unsustainable approach—Instead of making ergonomics about a list of technical requirements, see it as a continuous improvement in which all your employees can participate.
Filed under: Workers' Compensation — Jillian Bender-Cormier @ 4:39 pm September 22, 2014