Preventing Workplace Injuries Through Ergonomics
September 14, 2016
One of the most common causes of workplace injuries is poor adherence to ergonomic processes or fitting a job to a person to prevent injuries. There are many ways to prevent or reduce the chance of injuries through education, safety and specialized equipment. Implementing and adhering to the correct ergonomic processes can reduce workplace injuries, benefiting both employees and employers.
The Science of Ergonomics
The science of ergonomics has advanced in the last few decades, helping employers find ways to reduce the amount of workplace injuries. Almost any work environment has physical factors that can impact an employee’s physical wellbeing, from a quiet office setting to the physical demands of a construction site. Ergonomics looks at using the right body mechanics and equipment to reduce strain on the body and prevent injury.
Benefits of a Workplace Ergonomic Assessment
One way to improve the safety of a workplace for the employees is a workplace ergonomic assessment. This evaluation is performed by experts in ergonomics, often offered through a medical or physical therapy clinic that treats workplace injuries. Through the assessment, employers can be educated on how they can improve their workplace to reduce the chance of injury to their employees. Although ergonomic practices do require an investment for training and improved equipment, the benefits can outweigh the costs. Fewer workplace injuries can result in less sick time used, higher productivity, better employee retention and lower worker’s compensation costs.
If you own or manage a business, consider investing in an ergonomic assessment for your company. Improving the safety of your workplace can have long-lasting benefits for you and your employees that can result in a more productive and healthy work environment.
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