With a focus on practical solutions, HFN consultants help those working at office and computer workstations to be comfortable, safe, productive and efficient. HFN was retained by the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors to establish ergonomics best practice for the Ontario grocery industry with respect to musculoskeletal injury reduction and prevention. Positions in warehouse and distribution centers such as Truck Driver and Material Selector were an area of focus in addition to Cashier, Butcher, Grocery Clerk and Shelf Stocker in retail stores. HFN conducted two large scale projects for Nexient Learning on behalf of Canada Post Corporation to assess and control musculoskeletal injury risk during in-vehicle mail delivery to rural mail boxes in Ontario and Quebec. Activities included: a nationwide survey for mail carriers to report any physical discomfort related to their job duties, field observations of current delivery methods and a comprehensive study of the impact of right hand drive vehicles.
What to Know About Today’s OSHA Ergonomics Standard Guidelines
The Case for Ergonomics
In theory and practice, ergonomics is a valuable business tool. Good ergonomics reduces injury risk, improves work performance and efficiently builds a better end product. Our monthly feature, Workplace Ergonomics Case Studies , moves away from abstract theory and dives into the real world practice of ergonomics. Team members are removing pallets from underneath the rack with a simple metal hook device with a handhold on the end. Excessive force was needed to move heavy material on the rolling pallet from under the rack. The rolling pallet was not easily pulled and manipulated, causing awkward postures to compensate for it. The wheels on the new device and the angle of pull allow the material to be easily manipulated from a proper standing position.
OSHA Ergonomics Case Study: The Dow Chemical Company's Use of the "Six Sigma" Methodology
The science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population. Ergonomics is an approach or solution to deal with a number of problems—among them are work-related musculoskeletal disorders. At its core, workplace ergonomics is really about building a better workplace.
Introduction Wyandot County Nursing Home used a process that reflects many of the recommendations in these guidelines to address safety and health concerns and phase-in its current program that entails no manual lifting of residents. First and foremost, Wyandot's administrator provided strong commitment and support in addressing the home's problems. He also involved Wyandot's workers in every phase of the effort.