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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Intro to How Simple Ergonomic Interventions Can Reduce Workers Compensation Claims

Ergonomics  is the study of adapting the workplace environment to the worker in order to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders.

 

Unfortunately,  too often, this crucial interaction is overlooked.  Factories design equipment for maximal productivity without taking into account human limitations.  Offices are often designed with more regard for aesthetics than human variability.  When you think about the fact that we have employees that are 4’10” sharing the same workplace and same equipment with employees who are 6’6″, it is important to provide accommodation for these differences.

 

However,  quite often, some simple engineering and/or administrative controls go a long way towards eliminating an increasingly dangerous problem.  Some examples of engineering controls include raising the height of some of the machinery in a  factory so taller workers no longer have to work in a hunched posture, or adding keyboard trays in an office setting so shorter employees can type without elevating their shoulders. (workersxzcompxzkit) Examples of administrative controls include task rotation in an industrial setting, and frequent short breaks for computer users in an office setting.

 

Many studies  have shown that an ergonomic program can reduce injury rates, reduce reported discomfort, increase productivity and employee satisfaction, and as a result of all these, reduce workers compensation claims.

 

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 www.hlkconsulting.com

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Do not use this information without independent verification. All state laws are different. Consult with your corporate legal counsel before implementing any cost containment programs.

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