Ergonomics Can Affect Workers Compensation Costs

Implementing an Ergonomics Program in Five Steps

1. Find a qualified ergonomics consultant. The consultant should have an advanced degree in Ergonomics or Human Factors. In addition, if they have the CPE or CHFP designation, this indicates they have passed a difficult exam and have demonstrated a breadth of experience in the field. The Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE) is the certifying body for individuals whose education and experience indicate broad expertise in the practice of human factors/ergonomics.

2. Determine who within the company will be the consultant’s main contact and who will communicate internally to schedule the trainings or workplace assessments. This person will most likely be from Human Resources, Facilities, Engineering, or a team combining individuals from multiple departments.

3. Put together injury or complaint history. For small companies this may constitute an informal conversation between the ergonomist and the HR rep to determine (workersxzcompxzkit) the nature and frequency of complaints. A larger company may likely have documentation of complaints and certainly of injuries.

4. Design an ergonomics program combining workplace assessments, training for existing employees, and ongoing training for new employees.

5. Following the workplace assessments, implement the recommended changes whenever feasible, or work with the ergonomist to develop alternate strategies whenever physical changes to the workplace are not feasible.

Author:
  Hayley Kaye, MS, CPE, is a board Certified Professional Ergonomist specializing in office and industrial ergonomics.  She earned her Masters in Ergonomics and Biomechanics from New York University, and an undergraduate degree in psychology from Emory University.  She can be reached at hayley@hlkconsulting.com  or http://www.hlkconsulting.com/ 

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