Next Steps in Implementing Ergonomics – Step 3
We have written previously about the first steps towards implementing an ergonomics program in the workplace, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
Step 1: Identify Risk Factors in the Workplace
Step 2: Train Management and Teammates
Next: Collect Health and Medical Evidence
Now that the team has identified signs and potential hazards of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMDs) and trained staff on this issue, the next step is “to determine the scope and characteristics of the problem by collecting health and medical evidence of WMSDs. It is essential to follow up on workers whose jobs cause undue physical fatigue, stress, or discomfort. If employees report their symptoms early and openly, you can take corrective measures to delay the development of musculoskeletal disorder (MSDs). In a scenario where workers in a certain department report more MSD problems than workers in other departments, it is best to study possible MSD risk factors in that department immediately.’
According to NIOSH, a team should “use interviews and symptom surveys to identify the onset and nature of possible WMSDs that might otherwise go unnoticed. Surveys ask for the usual background information (age, sex, occupational history, present job tile, etc.) along with the nature, onset, location, timing, duration, and severity of MSD symptoms.”
NIOSH offers a list of assessment tools on their website.
Once causes are identified in this step, the next step is implementing ergonomics.
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