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Implementing an Ergonomics Program

Final Steps: Implement and Evaluate Ergonomics Program


Previous articles discussed the first steps to evaluating the need for an ergonomics program.

After identifying risks for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) and training managers on risk factors, it is now time to implement the ergonomics program.

Based on the data collected, the team should decide on which route to take to control WMSDs.

Generally, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) suggests five routes:


Hierarchy of Controls in Ergonomics

NIOSH says, “Elimination is the most effective way to reduce MSD risk factors in the workplace. The Hierarchy of Controls also includes substitution, engineering controls, administrative controls, and personal protective equipment. In ergonomics, engineering controls (isolating the hazard) lead to substitution (replacing the hazard) and/or elimination (removing the hazard). Personal protective equipment (PPE) and administrative controls are not as likely to reduce or eliminate WMSDs.”

Personal protective equipment (PPE) may protect workers from immediate hazards. PPE is inexpensive and used frequently when hazards are not necessarily under control. The NIOSH website provides more context – learn more by visiting the NIOSH website.

After executing a solution, verifying the solution’s effectiveness is imperative. Like NIOSH says, “the success of an intervention depends on the workers acceptance of the idea.” NIOSH recommends trying out the ergonomic solution on a small scale before rolling out the solution to the entire team. Full-scale implementation with the entire team is appropriate when the pilot intervention has been deemed successful.

No checklist can fit every situation, so a physician who practices occupational medicine is an ideal resource for ergonomics and consulting on work-related recurring injuries. If needed, an onsite physician can see with a skillful eye the cause of repeated injuries and help the team implement a plan to prevent them.

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