The International Ergonomics Association defines ergonomics as, “the scientific discipline concerned with understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, methods and data to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.” If we derive the Greek meaning of the word, ergo translates to work and nomos translates to laws. Simply put, it is fitting a job to a worker. So, why is it important to include ergonomics with workplace program and process design?
When companies neglect to create an ergonomically effective workplace, they put themselves and their team at risk. Over time, poorly designed work systems can lead to work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). These soft tissue injuries occur due to repetitive strain and overuse that develop gradually. Some of the common activities that cause MSDs are:
- Heavy, Frequent, or Awkward Lifting
- Pushing, Pulling or Carrying Loads
- Working in Awkward Postures
- Hand Intensive Work
- Contact Stress
The risk of such injuries is dependent on a combination of the duration, frequency and intensity of exposure to these activities. Knowing these risks, understanding ergonomics and building an environment that is conducive to the work of your employees can save your company in the long run.
A common misconception is that ergonomics only relates to workplace health & safety. In reality, ergonomics goes beyond health & safety to optimize overall employee performance. Designing a work system with ergonomics in mind means establishing an environment that supports employee well-being, productivity, efficiency and effectiveness. Despite the many benefits that come with creating an ergonomically sound workspace, as workplaces continue to evolve they are developed without ergonomic considerations or guidance.
As leaders in the occupational health & safety industry, Gensuite offers a comprehensive ergonomics software solution with our award-winning Ergo Evaluator application module. Ergo Evaluator enables companies to manage ergonomics dynamically with a 2-in-1 solution, enabling you to foster safe & sustainable work now and into the future to help you achieve your business goals.
In this eBook, you will discover how using a digital solution can help you create, manage and improve the ergonomics of your work environment to help you realize business saving opportunities.
- Ergonomics by The Numbers
- Staying Ahead of the Curve with Gensuite Ergo Evaluator
- Gensuite Subscriber Case Study
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