|Is it good for business? YES
Increased production and improved quality are a direct result
of well-designed jobs. Designing ergonomically, (in other words
integrating the human into the system) minimizes injury risk
and errors, and workers think and move more efficiently.
Can it reduce workers' compensation
Back, cumulative trauma, and overexertion injuries don't have
to be accepted as the cost of doing business. Ergonomics balances
job demands and workers' tolerance, thereby reducing injuries
Does it relate to Lean Manufacturing? YES
Ergonomic changes that reduce rework and waste can optimize
worker performance. Less fatigue allows for many more productive
days. A safe and effective workplace also improves employee
morale and reduces turnover and absenteeism.
Surely it's just common sense? NO
Ergonomic design is based on scientific knowledge. Learning
about and applying basic principles will improve your work
It's not simply a one shot deal? NO
Workplaces are constantly changing. Continuous improvement
(Kaizen) leads to cost savings by applying ergonomics to
existing designs, to keep systems efficient and people safe.
Ergonomics applied to new designs reduces subsequent Kaizen
Is the cost worth it? YES
Ergonomics decreases operating costs. Efficient work methods,
with reduced rework and waste, improve quality and productivity.
Good design enhances job satisfaction and limits worker compensation
claims, absenteeism, and turnover.