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Ergonomics is a Good Fit for Safety

Ergonomics is a Good Fit for Safety

Ergonomics Offers a Lot More Benefits than Just Injury Prevention Every lost-time workplace injury costs a company an average of $38,000 in direct costs. To recover these costs, a company earning 5% net profit would need to generate an extra…

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Ergonomic Design for an Aging Workforce

Ergonomic Design for an Aging Workforce

Injury Prevention in Older Workers through Ergonomic Design With ergonomic injuries making up roughly a third of all injury claims (BLS), companies are taking steps to minimize worker injury; especially for those that are in their 50s and above. The…

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Biophysics Technology a Next Generation Tool in Ergonomic Risk Management

Biophysics Technology a Next Generation Tool in Ergonomic Risk Management

The job of safety professionals is not to reduce cost, or to reduce injury statistics, but to reduce workplace injuries and illness. By taking care of that singular goal, all of the secondary objectives, including productivity and quality improvements, will…

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Manage Occupational Risk with Behavior-Based Safety

Manage Occupational Risk with Behavior-Based Safety

“Behavior based safety focuses on what people do, analyzes why they do it, and then applies a research-supported intervention strategy to improve what people do“ ~ E. Scott Geller – Building Successful Safety Teams Behavior-based safety (BBS) turns the traditional…

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Just Sitting There? Move! Stretches You Can Do At Your Desk All Day

Just Sitting There? Move! Stretches You Can Do At Your Desk All Day

Almost nothing can be worse for your body than sitting at a desk all day with little or no exercise or movement. You may take an hour lunch but your body is still sitting in virtually the same position for eight hours each day. Even if you have a regular exercise regimen for after work, it still doesn't take the place of the inactivity your body experiences all day. This inactivity can cause a lot of stiffness and soreness, which often leads to injuries. Many of us don't have good posture to start with and don't need any help making it even worse, such as sitting all day in one position with...

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5 Steps to Effective Office Ergonomics

5 Steps to Effective Office Ergonomics

An office workplace can produce just as many workplace injuries as a factory, warehouse or construction site if an effective ergonomic program is not in place. Many of today’s office workers are in a sitting position for most of the day, which can cause back, shoulder, and neck injuries. Carpal tunnel syndrome...

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Shifting a Health & Safety Culture from Reactive to Preventative

Shifting a Health & Safety Culture from Reactive to Preventative

Mike Tuck knew he was in for a challenge when he was appointed Plant Manager of Kimberly-Clark Professional (KCP) in Belmont, Michigan. The Kimberly-Clark veteran was tasked by leadership with turning around its recent acquisition, Jackson Safety. The safety supply manufacturer had a 30-year history of 9 to 15 injuries per year and the facility didn’t fit into Kimberly-Clark’s worldwide safety culture...

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Participatory Ergonomics (PE) Saves Manufacturer a Cool Quarter Million

Participatory Ergonomics (PE) Saves Manufacturer a Cool Quarter Million

PE (Participatory Ergonomics) programs are designed to maximize the involvement of workers who are experts at their job. Improving working conditions, safety, productivity, employee morale, quality of work and comfort while doing it are all key to the participatory approach.

Training standards are critical to the success of the PE process. There are three major aspects that need to be considered when implementing a participatory ergonomics program. Initial training - PE committee training...

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A Preventative-Care Solution for the Ergonomically-Challenged Workplace

A Preventative-Care Solution for the Ergonomically-Challenged Workplace

The Accountable Care Act is right in, at least, one regard: Prevention saves money. There are many aspects to the Affordable Care Act and exponentially more opinions on whether it is the right direction for the United States healthcare system. Politics aside, there is one area of healthcare reform that receives little media exposure and that most cannot argue against unless one has a financial stake in the status quo. It is the adoption of a preventative-care model...

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InjuryFree Inc. Trim Costs, Increase Compliance With Ergonomic Solutions

InjuryFree Inc. Trim Costs, Increase Compliance With Ergonomic Solutions

Ergonomics testing and compliance can be painful. From the employee’s grimaces during the workday to cumbersome reporting requirements, businesses need an ally in the pre-emptive fight against pain claims. Ensuring that the daily, repetitive tasks in a work environment are…

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