Steps to implementing an ergonomics program
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) defines ergonomics as “the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population.” Why is this important? Because “The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 31% (356,910 cases) of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in 2015 were related to musculoskeletal disorders.” Many of these injuries are preventable, and for those employers who aim to reduce injuries on the job for long-term workers, NIOSH advocates for an ergonomics program in the workplace.
What is an ergonomics program?
According to NIOSH, an ergonomics program involves “a systematic process for identifying, analyzing, and controlling workplace risk factors, often for reducing musculoskeletal disorders.”
The first step in implementing an ergonomics program is identifying risks for work-related musculoskeletal disorders.
These risky conditions include:
- Awkward postures
- Overhead work
- Twisting and carrying loads
- Wrist deviations
- Contact stress
- Poor wrist posture
- Poor shoulder posture
- Hand/Arm vibrations
- Whole body vibrations
NIOSH goes a step further and has identified a checklist for Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorder.
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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Who is Jet Medical Center®?
Jet Medical Center® is a leading provider of occupational medicine services in the Tallahassee area. We develop, with our client partners, a customized health care plan to fit your companies needs today and into the future.
Our experienced staff of clinicians provide excellent medical care and understand the Worker’s Compensation system and its impact on your company’s financial health. Your employees will have less downtime with less complications reducing overall medical costs.