Poor workplace design often leads to increased fatigue, and this becomes a cause of frustration at work. As a result, productivity is decreased sharply. Moreover, a poorly designed workplace also increases the chance of falls, muscle strain and many more injuries, which cost the organization heavily.
Wet floor, entangled wires, loose flooring and poorly lit walkways are some of the common reasons for workplace injuries in most plants/facilities. When an employer invests time and resources in improving ergonomics, it gives a loud message to all the employees that they are valued by their company and this result not only in an improved workplace safety but also better employee engagement at work.
There are multiple ways to improve ergonomics and safety in the workplace, but it is best to do it while having a complete understanding of the organization’s challenges. Here are 3 starting points.
This will provide a fair understanding of what should be required to improve safety in the workplace. This can be done by interviewing your employees and careful observation. Managers can even create a checklist to do the audit or assessment. In short, it is possible to know the challenges employees are facing every day at work because of inadequate lighting, restriction in movement, constraints on posture, uneven flooring, and steps without handrails. Moreover, the Safety, Health, and Welfare at Work Act 2005 have made this mandatory for all employers to ensure a safe workplace for their employees. Devising an ergonomic program will become easier with such an audit.
Many companies have already hire ergonomists to ensure a safe workplace for their workers. A qualified ergonomist is the best person to help in setting up the right kind of workstations and will concentrate to bring a solution for other problem areas in an affordable way. The investment that companies make today, will pay off in the long term with a reduced number of workplace injuries, more productivity due to reduced absenteeism and many more benefits.
Conducting workshops on workplace safety is very important. This will create awareness among employees on how they can identify potential safety hazards and report to management about the same. This will also put employees under less stress at work, and they can focus more on their respective tasks.
With the incorporation of new technologies in the workplace, employees are experiencing more dynamic workplace structures which should be safe, and this can be achieved only if companies aim for zero workplace injuries.
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