ERGONOMIC ANALYSIS OF THE WORK STATION

Definition of ergonomics
What is the ergonomic analysis of the work station? 
How can ergonomic analysis of the work station help? 
Who can take advantage of this? 
When should it be done?
How professional are your professionals?
How much of an investment is required? 
Why choose The Corporate Massage People? 

Definition of ergonomics

Ergonomics is defined as : "the study of the problems of people in adjusting to their environment; eps., the science that seeks to adjust work or working conditions to suit the worker." 
Webster's New World College Dictionary
Ergonomics is a very young profession which has experienced enormous growth ever since employers have become aware of the enormous costs of work related injuries.

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What is the ergonomic analysis of the work station?

An ergonomic analysis of the work station consists of gathering a series of observations in order to better understand the work done and to propose changes and improvements which will improve the working conditions. These recommendations will allow management to avoid health problems in the workforce while maintaining production. 

The ergonomist may simply advise the company on the measures to be taken or he may orchestrate their implementation.  Although no one ergonomic procedure is the same as another, there are nonetheless guidelines which can be outlined.

The process begins with an examination of the overall situation called targeting, which will determine the type of work station to be analysed. This begins with the examination the records concerning accidents and work related illness, a compilation of complaints and analysis of interviews with workers and supervisors which will usually allow the problem station to be identified. A risk factor analysis of this station is then done using a sampling of typical situations which may arise.

After having made an ergonomic diagnosis, having determined the most serious risks, we try to determine the conditions which can explain them. These are called determinants. Once we know why the risks exist we have to find the way to eliminate them, by checking the modifications and testing results. This is then presented to management who must authorize implementation. The employees must then be properly trained and closely supervised in order to make any changes which may become necessary and to ensure that the employees do not fall back into their old habits.

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How can ergonomic analysis of the work station help? 


We believe that it is not enough to simply have or purchase ergonomic equipment and hope to adequately set up a work station. Needs must be well identified, the equipment must be well chosen and properly used. It is only then that ergonomics become effective! 

Since ergonomics attempt to adapt the work environment to the limits and capacities of the worker, its impact should be increased worker productivity and satisfaction while at the same time reducing any risk to his health. 

Ergonomic analysis of the work station implies both the correction of existing situations (health or safety problems, reliability problems, production problems) and the development of new work stations or new work systems. 

An ergonomists expertise may, for example, help in the introduction of a new product, or in identifying a problem in product quality or to insure that any new labour laws are observed. The ergonomist will instigate specific training programs which will allow workers to adopt new working methods and to reject out dated or improper methods which may have been acquired over time. It is through what is referred to as posture training that long term changes in work habits are corrected.

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Who can take advantage of this?


An analysis of accident records, work related illnesses and complaints, coupled with a study of absenteeism, will quickly point out the employees who would most benefit from an ergonomic evaluation of their work stations. However, although it is perhaps wise to target those most effected, prevention amongst the other workers must not be neglected. Any employee who is concerned about his health would benefit from having his work station analysed and any employer can improve the productivity of such an employee. A win - win situation!

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When should it be done?


There is no real ideal moment for instigating an ergonomic program. The sooner the better. Every work related injury is one too many! However, the ergonomic process must begin with a consensus reached between management, union representatives and company employees. Without a common desire to prevent and eliminate a problem, analysis of the work station cannot be undertaken. The ergonomic approach requires an intense team effort. Everyone has to participate. 

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How professional are your professionals?


We work with experienced ergonomists of different backgrounds (engineering, medicine, ergo therapy, psychology...) all of whom have a minimum of postgraduate university studies in ergonomics. As members in good standing of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE),  each has their own expertise in their particular speciality.  An ergonomist is always assigned depending on your industry and the type of analysis you require. In short, we match you with the the expertise which is best suited to your situation.

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How much of an investment is required?


In order to be effective, using the services of an ergonomic consultant requires a considerable commitment on the part of your company, not only in financial investment but also in shared enthusiasm on the part of your entire organization and the time and participation of decision makers.  No matter the means through which we intervene within your company, the overall effectiveness will be the fruit of our expertise in combination with your knowledge of your organization and its employees. Contact us for an analysis of your needs and a cost estimate! 

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Why choose The Corporate Massage People?

Carefully chosen and highly qualified professional ergonomists.
A multidisciplinary team who listen to your needs and care about your satisfaction.
A proven service which has been simplified to ease implementation and improve effectiveness. 
A territory covering both Ontario and Quebec which will allow you to offer a standardized program to the largest number of employees.
Very competitive rates. 

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