Industrial Ergonomics Program Implementation

Implementing an Ergonomics Program should be as simple as beefing up your current safety processes with MSI prevention principles.  The ‘ergonomics quotient’ of everyone also needs to improve to help ingrain the concepts of safe movement into daily practices.  Here’s an analogy we often use … in industrial environments everyone can identify folks without the proper PPE, but very few of us can pick out the unsafe postures and movements that will lead to a musculoskeletal injury.

A typical implementation framework that has worked for our clients includes …

Identify Priorities.  In our initial discussions with clients, we often discover there is a specific incident or request that has triggered the interest in getting our help.  We typically find that a thorough historical incident review and deployment of our body part discomfort survey will help reveal trends in departments, jobs and tasks that can help prioritize our actions.

Education.  Once we understand the issues a little better, group education sessions are a great way to deliver a similar message to the workforce and get everyone engaged in the importance of musculoskeletal injuries.

Risk Assessment and Job Coaching.  To complement the education sessions, we typically recommend completing crew tours based on the identified priorities.  During these tours, we complete data collection (for risk assessments and development of education material) as well as provide body mechanics coaching to individual workers.  This phase of the process can be scaled to the depth of needs at your site and the amount of help you need to compliment your internal safety resources..

MoveSafe™.  With an increased awareness of ergonomics and the risks for MSIs, it will become apparent that some workers will need help with identified discomfort or functional limitations that are affecting their work.  You may find it valuable to implement a proactive, preventative MoveSafe™ Program as well as identifying how to facilitate early and effective treatment for those with discomfort.

With these steps, we will help you make ergonomics and MSI prevention a valuable part of your safety process.  Once the foundation has been established, we can support you with our expertise as little (or as much) as you need.  Ergonomics should not be some special safety element that stands on its own, it should be part of the broader safety program, included in all elements.  We can serve as a resource to support you with this whenever you need to supplement your internal skill set.

Depending on the size of your organization, you may want to start this process in one department to gain success before scaling to the entire organization.

If you are thinking that a comprehensive model is not right for your organization at this time, we would encourage you to contact us so we can discuss your specific needs and recommend a plan of action to meet your goals.