What is Ergonomics? It is the science of designing a workplace with the capabilities and limitations of your employees at the forefront. Poor worksite design leads to fatigued, frustrated employees which can consequently leads to poor performance, productivity and potentially injury. Ergonomics is concerned with the relationship between people, the tasks they undertake, the equipment they use and the environments in which they work. It aims to put people first, taking account of their capabilities and limitations. Applying ergonomics in the workplace reduces the likelihood of accidents, the potential for injury and ill health such as aches and pains of the wrists, shoulders and back.
Therefore, a systematic workplace ergonomics improvement process removes risk factors that lead to injuries and allows for improved human performance and productivity and therefore lowers cost.
In a nutshell, a proactive approach to Ergonomics is a strategic continuous improvement process that makes a positive impact on the entire business.
Here are some of the positive benefits;
- Ergonomics reduces costs.
By reducing ergonomic risk factors, you can ensure you prevent costs associated with any employee injuries which can be prohibitive.
- Ergonomics improves productivity.
By designing a workplace to allow for good posture, less exertion, fewer motions and better heights and reaches, the workstation becomes more efficient and therefore employee productivity.
- Ergonomics improves quality.
Poor ergonomics leads to frustrated and fatigued workers that don’t do their best work. In particular, when a job task is too physically taxing on an employee, they may not perform their job like they were trained too.
- Ergonomics improves employee engagement.
When companies put forward their best efforts to ensure health and safety, employees notice. If an employee does not experience fatigue and discomfort during their workday, it can reduce turnover, decrease absenteeism, improve morale and increase employee involvement.
- Ergonomics creates a better safety culture.
Ergonomics promotes a stronger safety culture in your organsations and shows your commitment to safety and health as a core value. Healthy employees are your most valuable asset; creating and fostering the safety & health culture at your company will lead to better human performance and lower costs for your organisation.
Ayrton Group can carry out an effective Ergonomics Risk Assessment for your organisation and employees, please contact us for more information.