What is Ergonomics?
Ergonomics is the science of modifying jobs to fit the capabilities of the people who do them.
Workrelated MSDs result when there is a mismatch between the physical capability of workers and the physical demands of their jobs. Ergonomics helps resolve this mismatch.
Ergonomics helps reduce MSDs that can result when the worker’s job requires repetitive reaching, using forceful exertions, bending and lifting, working with vibrating equipment, or other repetitive motions.
Ergonomics management is the first step, and it includes the following:
1. A job assessment, or job hazard analysis, which is
conducted for the various workstations and tasks
in the facility, to identify possible MSD hazards.
2. An MSD reporting and response system, which is
designed and included in our ergonomics
3. A designated ergonomics coordinator, who is
involved in all aspects of our program to control
and prevent MSDs through ergonomics.
4.Employee training to teach employees about
ergonomics and MSD prevention. Finally, our
ergonomics program encourages employee
participation and reporting of MSDs.
Ergonomic engineering controls may change the design of a work-station, a production line, or the way a job is performed for the purpose of reducing MSDs.
Ergonomics may introduce safe work practices, such as providing alternative tasks or allowing workers to rotate through different types of jobs throughout the day so that their exposure to risk factors is reduced.
Finally, ergonomic personal protective equipment, or PPE, may be used to provide additional protection from MSDs