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How Ergonomics Can Improve Your Workplace
Ergonomics – the study of work and/or fitting a work environment to meet the needs of the worker – has become a hot topic among employers as of late. As more and more employers begin to take a proactive approach towards reducing rates of injury, ergonomics arises as a solution. But how exactly can ergonomics improve a workplace?
Reduces Worker Injuries
Arguably, the single greatest benefit of ergonomics is the simple fact that it reduces rates of worker injury. Each year, tens of thousands of U.S. workers are seriously injured while on the job. The good new is that many of these injuries can be prevented through proper ergonomics. If a company purchases a lifting machine to lift and manipulate heavy objects, for instance, it will take the burden off the workers' shoulders. Workers can use the machine to handle heavy objects instead of physically lifting it themselves.
By implementing ergonomics in your workplace, you'll naturally deter fines. OSHA explained that it cited numerous companies back in the 1970s for MSD-related injuries such as tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. It's the employer's responsibility to create a safe working environment for all of his or her employees, and this means taking steps to prevent MSDs. As a side benefit, implementing ergonomic practices will also prevent fines.
“A dramatic increase in MSDs began in the 1970s when these disorders increasingly appeared on companies’ injury and illness logs. OSHA cited companies for hazardous workplace conditions that caused problems such as tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and back injuries,” wrote the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Boosts Worker Morale
You might be surprised to learn that ergonomics can boost worker morale. When the workplace is fitted to meet the needs of the worker, workers will have an easier time performing their respective jobs. In turn, this reduces psychological stress (as well as physical stress), while promoting an overall positive atmosphere. Several surveys have found that workers are happier and more content in ergonomic workplaces.
Other Benefits of Ergonomics:
Improve employee retention rate.
Improve product quality.
Workers are less likely to call out sick for work in ergonomic workplaces.
Reduces worker fatigue.
Creates a safer working environment.
And much, much more...