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3 Benefits of Conducting an In-Person Ergonomics Assessment

3 Benefits of Conducting an In-Person Ergonomics Assessment

3 Benefits of Conducting an In-Person Ergonomics Assessment

3 Benefits of Conducting an In-Person Ergonomics AssessmentErgonomics Consultants, Office Assessments, | Solutions Northwest Inc.

“Ergonomics injuries” account for 30 percent of all workplace injuries. These injuries happen more often when workstations have not been properly designed. This is why most businesses will hire an ergonomics assessment company that can help by observing, analyzing, and recommending how to design a workstation that is tailored to a worker’s needs. 

There are several more reasons why ergonomics assessments are a good idea, including increased productivity and reduced sick days for workers.

Once you accomplish an overview, thanks to an ergonomics consulting company, you’ll have a system to help your employees.

Here is more on the three benefits of hiring an ergonomics consultant company to perform an ergonomic assessment

1. Increased Employee Productivity 

A workplace designed by ergonomics consulting companies will boost worker productivity and make your workplace more efficient. When employees work in a comfortable space put together by an ergonomics consultant, they will stay focused and get more work done. 

In many jobs, employees do repetitive tasks, meaning each motion is the same throughout the day. Ergonomics consulting companies understand how to create an environment that avoids or prevents injuries that can be caused by repetitive motion.

When employees are active and alert, thanks proper ergonomics, they put in a full day and even feel more appreciated and valued as workesr.

2. Reduced Sick Days

About 76 percent of Americans have access to paid sick leave. With back, neck, hip, and shoulder pain, some employees will take multiple sick days for doctor visits or to sit home and rest. 

Ergonomics Consultants, Office Assessments, | Solutions Northwest Inc.Ergonomics assessments can reduce overall sick days. With fewer musculoskeletal problems, employees will consistently be present for work. 

Sick days also cost money over time due to lost productivity. And in some cases, those employees must be replaced, or you must pay others overtime to get the work finished.

3. Improved Employee Morale

Ergonomics assessments can improve morale by not only decreasing the pain a worker may experience, but also by showing them that you value their health and safety.

People’s moods and attitudes will be much more pleasurable throughout the day, leading to a positive workplace culture.

When people are happier on the job, they tend to work for a company longer, which means less turnover. Furthermore, having an experienced staff means they can take on more complicated projects and help the company earn more money over the long term. 

Higher morale means better job satisfaction and better on-the-job engagement. 

Three Benefits of a Workplace Ergonomics Assessments 

The three benefits of a workplace ergonomic assessment we discussed are better productivity, fewer sick days, and improved morale. These are just some benefits of hiring an ergonomics consulting company for your workplace! 

The ergonomics experts at Solutions Northwest Inc. are here to help you create an ergonomic workplace. Contact us today if you are ready to hire an ergonomics consultant for your business. We can help you set up a plan to examine and analyze your space.

We can even help you if you have a lot of remote workers by setting up their workspaces with an affordable, virtual ergonomics assessment, which can be done remotely (all you need is access to e-mail or a smart phone).

For more information contact us at SolutionsNW.com, we will be happy to help you!

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Ergonomics Assessments for your Workplace

Ergonomics Assessments for your Workplace

Post By: Celeste McLaughlin, Ergonomics Manager
Produced by: Solutions Northwest, Inc. (Ergonomics Experts serving Washington, Oregon, and California)

Ergonomics Assessments for your Workplace

What is an ergonomics assessment for?

An ergonomics assessment (sometimes referred to as workstation assessments) is designed to lower risk of injury and improve employee productivity by ensuring that a worker’s workspace is ergonomically sound. This assessment can be done at multiple locations, from offices to industrial warehouses to in-home work stations.

Whether you are an employer, administrator, or employee, it is vital to ensure that your environment is ergonomically friendly and meets certain standards (for example, standards set by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)).

Below are a few effective assessment models that may benefit your workstation.

Office Ergonomics Onsite Evaluations

Individual office workstation evaluations are completed using an effective ergonomics assessment model and a structured interview process to gather information.

A well-tailored office evaluation model should include:

·         Basic ergonomics education and educational materials to look over

·         Measurements of the space

·         A report with all findings and recommendations should be generated

·         An objective risk factor assessment should be completed

·         A discomfort survey should be administered

·         An option to follow ups when requested

Virtual Ergonomics Evaluations

Evaluations are typically completed onsite, but virtual ergonomics evaluations are also an option. Virtual evaluations can save you money on travel, out-of-pocket costs, and time.

What you should expect from the virtual ergonomics evaluation process:

·         Digital instructions (either e-mailed or made available online)

·         Assessment via telephone for real-time communication

·         E-mailing photos and measurements to your consultant

·         Employee contact by telephone for the assessment

·         A generated report that is no different than an onsite report

·         Options for follow up discussion when requested

Office Ergonomics Mini Assessments

Mini assessments are short assessments that generally take about 20-30 minutes each. They are conducted at the person’s work area. This is a good option if you do not need a formal report and need to save time and money. It is recommended employees take the one hour ergonomics training course prior to the mini assessments.

Benefits of Office Ergonomics Mini Assessments:

·         You save money, as 2-3 can be done in an hour

·         You can get workable solutions quicker for your staff

·         There is less disruption in the workplace

·         It takes less time, so there is less impact on productivity

Industrial Evaluations

Evaluations for industrial, manufacturing and other non-office type jobs are designed to determine the frequency, duration and intensity of jobs/tasks that may contribute to, or create, ergonomics risk factors.

Your ergonomics consultant should make use of published and commonly used tools and, where applicable, your consultant must follow state standards and guidelines, to minimize existing ergonomics risk factors.

An ergonomics assessment specialist should use a structured process to identify practical and realistic interventions to solve problems and eliminate ergonomics risks factors through engineering, administrative and/or work practice controls.

The following work spaces would benefit from an industrial evaluation: libraries, fishing and transportation vessels, transportation vehicles (bus, car, truck, rail), educational facilities, municipalities, nursing homes, retail, hotels, school districts, restaurants, semi-conductor industries, manufacturers, hospitals/clinics, logging operations, and more.

In Conclusion

As with any work place systems, it is important to do due diligence in finding an ergonomics consultant that best fits your workstation needs. Be sure to consult the proper experts for assistance and remain proactive about learning and establishing best practices.

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