Establishing Ergonomics Assessment and Processes

October 23, 2016 0 Comments Events 1311 Views

To be effective, ergonomics must be systematically integrated into the daily functions of a workplace. This requires an understanding of how to gain the support of management and labor, how an ergonomics team should best interact with the work environment and the employees doing the work, and how medical and ergonomics professionals can assist in this process.

Working with Topper, customers have successfully implemented ergonomics processes into a wide range of industrial environments and used their experience to teach ergonomics teams how to maintain the process to continue its success.

 

Ergonomics Workplace Assessments

Evaluations of tools and equipment used in manufacturing and production environments, determine impact on production, efficiency, and injury risk. Assessments of worker-job-equipment interaction to guide recommendations for improvements is part of lean manufacturing best-practices.

Far beyond industrial carts and fork truck free manufacturing plants, the importance of understanding body size differences (anthropometry) must be considered.  Structure and muscle function of the back, hand/wrist, shoulder, and neck are taken into consideration along with basic biomechanical principles and how they apply to the major joints in the body.

Using several state-of-the-art ergonomics assessment tools including material handling ergonomics, cognitive ergonomics issues, Topper Industrial, and new division, Topper Tube help to set up and maintain an effective ergonomics process.

 

Ergonomic Resources:

With the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Congress created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance. OSHA is part of the United States Department of Labor. The administrator for OSHA is the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. OSHA’s administrator answers to the Secretary of Labor, who is a member of the cabinet of the President of the United States.

The mission of NIOSH is to generate new knowledge in the field of occupational safety and health and to transfer that knowledge into practice for the betterment of workers. To accomplish this mission, NIOSH conducts scientific research, develops guidance and authoritative recommendations, disseminates information, and responds to requests for workplace health hazard evaluations. NIOSH provides national and world leadership to prevent work-related illness, injury, disability, and death by gathering information, conducting scientific research, and translating the knowledge gained into products and services, including scientific information products, training videos, and recommendations for improving safety and health in the workplace.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and price changes in the economy. Its mission is to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential economic information to support public and private decision-making. As an independent statistical agency, BLS serves its diverse user communities by providing products and services that are objective, timely, accurate, and relevant.

The Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities (IIF) program provides annual information on the rate and number of work related injuries, illnesses, and fatal injuries, and how these statistics vary by incident, industry, geography, occupation, and other characteristics.

 

Join Topper Industrial at the upcoming ErgoExpo in Las Vegas from November 15-18 at booth #500. Register to attend: http://ergoexpo.com/register.html.

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