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The Value of Ergomonics in Business Today
According to the University of Alabama Heath System, ergonomics is the science of obtaining a correct match between the human body, work-related tasks, and work tools.
The term "ergonomics" is derived from two Greek words: "ergon", meaning work and "nomoi", meaning natural laws. Ergonomists study human capabilities in relationship to work demands.
Through ergonomic programs, employees can be trained on how to prevent the cumulative trauma cycle of fatigue, discomfort, pain and injury. Adjustable equipment that fits the employee can be adopted.
When workers can work comfortably and without injury, they are more productive, attend work more regularly and are less likely to be hurt on the job.
Why an Ergonomics Training Program makes Good Business Sense
Ergonomics training helps employees to reduce workplace injury. Customized programs can improve performance without causing injuries. It offers businesses a common-sense strategy for eliminating unnecessary musculoskeletal disorders and repetitive stress injuries in the workplace.
Here are some reasons why the Backsafe® and Sittingsafe® programs make good business sense:
- Workers are a key asset for any business organization. Keeping them productive serves employers, unions and employees alike.
- Musculoskeletal disorders are entirely preventable. They cost North American businesses billions of dollars each year and can dramatically affect the quality of life of well intentioned employees.
- Effective ergonomic programs focus on ways to reduce costs to companies by:
- reducing injuries
- reducing absenteeism
- reducing errors
- maximizing productivity
- CTD News : A monthly newsletter about current events, MSDs, and ergonomics.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS): The BLS collects all statistical data on occupational injuries for the U.S. Department of Labor.
- National Safety Council (NSC): The NSC is a government agency that funds research and produces literature on ADA and other ergonomic issues.
- Herman Miller: A leader in ergonomically designed office furniture.
- Cornell University: Research, studies and other ergonomic data.