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Topic: Ergonomics - Benchmarking and Performance Criteria

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Leading Measures: Preventing MSDs & Driving Ergonomic Improvements, Walt Rostykus and James Mallon

Traditional safety metrics of injury rate and losses are poor measures of workplace ergonomics or predictors of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Current research and valid assessment tools allow reliable measurement of exposure to the risk factors that cause MSDs. Coupled with the threshold limit of joints in the body, this allows reliable prediction of tasks with increased potential for developing an MSD. Leading risk-based measures for MSDs enable sampling, predicting, preventive actions, and verification of risk exposure. This approach fits well within the structure of a comprehensive safety management system.


Results of the 2015 Ergonomics Practitioner Environmental Scan Survey, American Society of Safety Engineers

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 ergonomics efforts?


Ergonomics Program Benchmarking Aon 2015 Safety Management Survey, Rachel Michael and Scott Smith

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?


Ergonomics Return on Investment, Winnie Ip, Jennie Gober and Walt Rostykus

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 the return.


680 America's Changing Work Force: Ramifications for Ergonomic Modeling, Richard Sesek, Ruoliang Tang, Celal Gungor and Jerry Davis

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.


604 Psychophysical and Demographic Changes Require Rethinking Ergonomic Strategies, James G. Borchardt and Sang D. Choi

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.


535 Conducting Risk Assessments on Ergonomic Exposures, Brendan Moriarty and Gregory B. Griffith

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.


SH&E Industry 2015 Salary Survey, Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP)

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.


ASSE Safety Salary Survey - 2015, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)

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.


Workplace Ergonomics: Is It All Pixie Dust?, Bob Button & Bob Howarth

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.


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