Posted by: ugleepen | October 24, 2013

Workplace Ergonomics Outside the Office

uglee pen - ergonomics outside officeWe’ve talked a lot here about the benefits of creating and maintaining ergonomics in the workplace.

Almost all of that attention has been on the office workplace with discussions that have focused on proper office desk set-up, the ergonomic chair, the proper measurements and levels of the computer, and even of the ergonomic mouse.

However, ergonomics is just as important in other workplaces, such as the agricultural, manufacturing, and construction industries.

The definition of ergonomics is the science of  “Fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population,” and that means everyone who works no matter what type of business that is.

Unfortunately the majority of businesses that have embraced workplace ergonomics as been one industry only – the 9-5 office culture.

In the other industries mentioned above owners and managers have been slow in adopting workplace ergonomics. The result is the billions of dollars a year paid out in worker’s compensation and insurance claims, loss of work time, and industry attrition due to disabilities that could be saved if the science of ergonomics was put to use.

Employers in every type of industry have a responsibility to take care of their workers. Adopting ergonomic methods serves the dual purpose of protecting the company’s most important asset (its employees) and boosting the bottom line at the same time.

Thankfully workers have an ally in the government organization OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) which is serious about enforcing such laws as General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1).

When companies choose to use ergonomic tools on a worksite, for example, an employer may be able to demonstrate that they’re making a good faith effort to comply with this and other laws.

As Stephen Bosse, founder of ergonomic Bosse Tools, has wisely stated, “Whether it is ergonomic trainings, midday yoga classes, or simply the proper tools, our nation’s manufacturing, agriculture, and construction industries can benefit substantially by instituting ergonomic policies. A healthy workspace shouldn’t be constrained to the office any longer.”

Source: Huffington Post

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