Original Date: 07/18/1994
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Ergonomics in the Workplace
Mason & Hanger (M&H) initiated an aggressive Ergonomic Improvement Program in 1987 to eliminate workplace conditions that posed biomechanical stress to the workers. The program started with the formation of a committee comprised of industrial engineering, process engineering, safety, and medical personnel, as well as production workers. The committee met monthly to review the working conditions of the various processes and to study any new future processes.
Some key elements that have evolved from this program include rotation of personnel with repetitive jobs, equipment design with the operator and the task in mind, redefined processes, and education of the employees. M&H also instituted a medical program to stress prevention by proper exercise and conditioning, as well as a treatment program that assists employees who are injured on the job.
Since 1987, the number of lost time repetitive motion cases have shown a steady decline with the exception of one year. This improvement is a direct result of recognizing the need to include ergonomics in the workplace. These concepts apply not only to new tasks, but also to the proven processes that may have been in place prior to some current solutions and equipment.
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