Are you looking to reduce worker’s compensation and health care costs for your company?
Is improving productivity one of your company’s core business objectives this year? How about improving product quality?
If this is the case then, believe it or not, establishing or improving upon your company’s workplace ergonomics process is on the top of your to-do list.
In recent years, leading companies have made more of an effort to integrate ergonomics deeply into all their operations. This makes even more sense when we take a look at the benefits of an effective ergonomics process.
The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries reviewed 250 ergonomics case studies to reveal the impact of ergonomics on business goals, such as cost savings, productivity and product quality. It discovered that ergonomics is well worth the investment, as shown by the following five proven benefits of a strong workplace ergonomics process:
1. Ergonomics reduce costs
By systematically reducing ergonomic risk factors, you can prevent costly musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). With approximately a third of all workers compensation costs attributed to MSDs, this represents an opportunity for significant cost savings. Also, remember that indirect costs can amount to twenty times more than the direct cost of an injury.
2. Ergonomics improve productivity
The best ergonomic solutions will often improve productivity. You can make every workstation much more efficient by designing a job to allow for:
- good posture
- less exertion
- fewer motions
- better heights and reaches.
3. Ergonomics improve quality
Poor ergonomics leads to frustrated and fatigued workers that don’t do their best work. When the job task is too physically taxing on the worker, they may not perform their job the way they were trained. For example, an employee might not fasten a screw tight enough due to a high force requirement, which could create either a mechanic malfunction or even serious injury to another worker.
4. Ergonomics improve employee engagement
Employees notice when the company is putting their best efforts into ensuring their health and safety. If an employee is less tired or uncomfortable during their workday, it can:
- reduce turnover
- decrease absenteeism
- improve morale
- increase employee involvement.
5. Ergonomics create a better safety culture
The cumulative effect of the previous four benefits of ergonomics is a stronger safety culture for your company. Ergonomics shows your company’s commitment to safety and health is a core value. Healthy employees are your most valuable asset; creating and fostering the safety and health culture at your company will lead to better human performance for your organisation.
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