- Educate and involve employees
Employees perform their work much more effectively & precisely. Often they are the best source for pointing out any kind of postural problems. Educating your employees on ergonomics will help them in offering more meaningful suggestions and they will feel like they are the part of the solution. Keep employees involved in more meaningful conversation which can help in knowing the real issues.
- Take a look at all of the available data to find problems
Use your worker’s compensation claims data, safety committee meeting minutes, absenteeism and turnover records, employee suggestions and any other data you have available to identify where the biggest problems are. Follow this up by observing the jobs and talking to the employees and supervisors about the problems, which can help you in getting effective solutions.
- Encourage early reporting of problems
If employees feel comfortable about coming forward with symptoms of injury early, you will have an opportunity to take care of the problem before it results in a workers’ compensation claim. The net result is less pain and suffering for the employee and considerable cost savings for the employer.
- Find quick fixes to get momentum going
Don’t get caught up in “analysis paralysis.” It’s easy with ergonomics to start looking at every little task and movement. Sometimes there are simple solutions that could be implemented quickly, with little analysis, like rearranging a storage area to reduce lifting, or raising a countertop to reduce bending. Putting these solutions into place will generate enthusiasm by demonstrating to employees, supervisors and management how effective and simple ergonomics can be.
- Some problems are more complex than others
For some work environment problems, a careful analysis is in order. By keeping your options open at this stage, you probably could find alternative solutions to a certain problem.
- Focus on effective solutions.
Too often, businesses focus only on solutions like training employees and rotating them in and out of hazardous jobs as a fix. Training in proper work practices is an important part of ergonomics and should accompany any new equipment or procedures that are implemented. But training alone isn’t very effective in reducing injuries, changes in work practices and equipment often can eliminate or substantially reduce the risk factors for injury.
- Make ergonomics part of your organisation
By taking advantage of opportunities to make changes during the planning stage, you may be able to reduce your equipment and facilities costs and make them more effective. Any equipment with an obvious problem should be replaced quickly with something designed to eliminate or reduce the problem. Then, make sure that any old equipment that wears out is replaced with ergonomically designed equipment, where appropriate.
- Expect results, but be patient
Ergonomics tools and practices keep workers healthy and increase productivity, quality and employee morale. However, you shouldn’t be discouraged if these results are not immediate. The important thing is to consider all of the benefits when calculating your return, not just the reduced claims costs.
- Ask for help
Ergonomics isn’t rocket science; most problems can be solved using in-house expertise. However, there will always be a few problems that will be easier to solve with a little help from an expert. You can contact KRV Healthcare and Physiotherapy, we provide workshops for corporates regarding ergonomics.