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For practitioners who have some responsibility to manage or address ergonomics
concerns within their organizations, the question is what knowledge and skills do
they need to be successful in their roles? A voluntary survey was administered online and consisted of 14 questions to learn about the ergonomics training,
skills and needs in the OSH practitioner’s working area. More than 300 ergonomics practitioners were surveyed to iearn:
•Where have you obtained training in ergonomics and does the
training meet the marketplace expectations of your role?
•What resources benefit you in the management and
implementation of workplace ergonomics programs?
•What are the driving metrics behind your organization’s
What does an ergonomics program look like in your organization? Do you have one?
See how other organizations structure their ergonomics program and metrics in this free report.
Aon surveyed ergonomics and health and safety professionals on the function and effectiveness of Ergonomic programs, including the following:
• Who is responsible for ergonomic programs?
• What is driving ergonomic efforts?
• What is the experience with third-party vendors?
• What metrics are being used and are they effectively measuring efforts and success?
Ergonomic programs often lack resources: people, time and money. Part of the problem is
demonstrating the financial return of ergonomic improvements and ergonomic programs.
•OSH professionals can measure the value of improved workplace ergonomics in more ways than
the traditional reduction of injury costs. Improved productivity, quality and employee retention can
provide greater returns.
•This article shares various models of cost justification and the elements of determining the
return on investment, and provides guidance on the investment and results data needed to calculate
Generally, this diversity includes workers with different anthropometry (size,
shape), capabilities, work experiences, and ethnicities. More importantly, the workforce is also aging and becoming heavier. However, the impact of aging and obesity is typically not considered in traditional ergonomic modeling. This paper explores the potential impact of these factors and proposes several ways to factor these characteristics into ergonomic models.
The process of researching the interaction of physical, psychological and demographic
characteristics of workers and the work environment in order to develop good practices can take
decades. Preliminary research done in recent years suggests the characteristics and demographics of today’s workers have changed significantly and the conclusions, assessment tools and good practices are lagging behind those changes. A new strategy which the authors call "Ergonomic Action Level (EAL)" is needed so good practices anticipate the demographic makeup &
psychophysical capacity of today’s workers and are designed into today’s worksites using
Prevention through Design (PtD) techniques.
The Risk Assessment approach to ergonomics develops specific criteria to manual material
handling and repetitive jobs, which can be used to evaluate existing job activities before an injury
occurs and evaluate new jobs as they are being considered.
The paper focuses on how two companies used an ergonomic risk assessment
approach to evaluate jobs and tasks that had caused costly musculoskeletal disorders and on other
jobs that presented potential ergonomic risk factors. These companies used a traditional
ergonomic analysis program in the past such as Job Safety Analysis but had little success in
selling management that a problem existed and that ergonomic controls were necessary to reduce
the identified exposures.
The purpose of this research project was to better understand compensation trends among Safety, Health, and Environmental (SH&E) professionals. Since 2008, the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) has measured and reported salary and employment trend data as a service to its certificants and SH&E professionals. In 2015, BCSP hoped to develop a more complete SH&E employment trend and salary picture by inviting five partners to participate in the data collection process. Partners: ASSE - American Society of Safety Engineers; ABIH - American Board of Industrial Hygiene; AHMP - Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals;
AIHA - American Industrial Hygiene Association; and IHMM - Institute of Hazardous Materials Management.
A 2015 American Society of Safety Engineers survey of more than 9,000 occupational safety and health professionals reveals they earn an annual base salary on average of $98,000, an increase of $8,000 since the survey was taken two years ago.
The ASSE survey results are part of an expansive collaboration with the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH), Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP) and Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM).
A summary is provided and includes a link to download the full report.
This article discusses how Disney moved its program from imagining ergonomic improvements on paper, to applying ergonomics in design, operations and maintenance in ways that benefit employees,
guests and operational efficiencies. Examples of both practical challenges as well as real successes are drawn from food and beverage, housekeeping, warehousing and merchandise operations.
This article focuses on how BorgWarner and AON Global Risk Consulting have partnered to ensure that all BorgWarner global operations can benefit from collaboration and access to subject matter experts in a cost effective, efficient manner, turbo-charging ergonomic improvements worldwide.
The Body of Knowledge project is dedicated to creating a living reference that represents the collective knowledge of the Safety, Health and Environmental profession. While the preliminary work has begun, there is still more to do. The purpose of this website is to introduce subject areas that will eventually be part of the Body of Knowledge, and to gather feedback on the future direction, and ongoing assessment of what needs to be completed.
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