An ergonomic/job site hazard analysis is an assessment of various factors, including work behaviors and work conditions that may contribute to job-related injuries or illnesses. Historical data, such as injury and severity rates, for each department can be reviewed to establish a baseline. Objective data for ergonomic analysis is collected, such as time and movement data, to determine risk levels due to the presence of force, repetition, vibration, loads lifted, awkward postures, etc. Recommendations for addressing the risk factors identified are made based on the company’s individual needs/requests. These may include recommendations for job modification, workflow changes, fitness for work testing, education in safe work practices, design of administrative controls or job rotation.
When should Ergonomic Assessment be used? Ask yourself these questions:
- Why are we experiencing multiple injuries in the same work area?
- Why are my employees complaining of pain or fatigue?
- What can be done to make this a safer job?
How will ergonomic assessments benefit my company and prevent my employees from needing work-related physical therapy?
- Identify/ergonomic hazards
- Make recommendations to improve work design and abate hazards
- Reduce injuries/decrease workers’ comp costs
- By investigating sources of increased injuries in a specific job
- Identify ways to make a job safer and reduce biomechanical stresses
- Investigate impact of making changes to a line
- Establish appropriate heights and configuration of work areas to accommodate your work force