According to Dr. Raffi Terzian, M.D., MPH, there are five ways to improve the ergonomics of the manufacturing sector.
As a result of these approaches, organizations should be able to minimize workplace injuries. Furthermore, they should see improvement in employee health, lower costs and increased worker productivity.
His five strategies to reduce risk in the workplace include:
1. Going beyond the standard assessment
Evidently, there isn’t one universal checklist for ergonomic considerations in the workplace. Every office or facility differ from one another. Thus, assessments must be specific to the workplace in question, taking into account the uniqueness of the facility and hazards associated with each employee’s role.
2. Choosing the appropriate safety equipment
After the assessment, supply and train employees with the right safety equipment to prevent workplace injuries and posture issues. Some examples include standing mats, ergonomic chairs, machinery for heavy lifting, knee pads and other guards.
3. Considering varying heights of employees
With every person having different body dimensions, the facility must have workstations that can be adjusted to varying heights. Doing so ensures maximum comfort and efficiency for all.
4. Offering opportunities to mix things up
Sitting or standing for long periods of time is physically draining. Additionally, it leaves employees more susceptible to injuries. Therefore, providing opportunities to switch positions while completing a task is necessary. This means adjustable workstations, additional ergonomic seating, equipment for support, etc.
5. Consistently communicating and educating
In order to lessen injuries, keep communication lines open. After initial training, safety reminders should always be emphasized with posters, supervisors, and any additional training necessary.