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Ergonomic Assessments

Saving money is always a best business practice. As medical costs for employers continue to soar in a down economy, it is more crucial than ever to support injury prevention and safety initiatives. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), disorders that affect joint and joint tissue health, are a primary contributor to both medical costs and non-fatal days lost injuries for employers.

According to the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, the cost of musculoskeletal conditions (direct and indirect) is approximately $849 billion annually in the United States alone. In 2008, MSDs accounted for 77% of all reported non-fatal days lost injuries. How can you reduce your risk for these costly MSDs? Ergonomic assessments identify risk potential for fatigue, error and unsafe acts, all of which contribute to MSDs.

The word "ergonomic" derives from Greek roots "ergon" meaning work and "nomos" meaning natural law. Essentially, it is the study of work.

The goal of our ergonomic consultation program is to improve your work environment by identifying ergonomic, safety and health risks while boosting employee performance through enhanced productivity and efficiency measures. Each ergonomic assessment will be tailored to meet your organizational needs and may include an evaluation of all or part of the following work environment aspects: physical, mental, skill and time demands; physical, chemical and biological agents; human-machine interaction and interface; and psychosocial and organizational factors.

Assessment tools may include but are not limited to Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA), Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA), the Moore-Garg Strain Index, force measures, Body Part Discomfort Survey (BPDS), a review of injury data and interviews. Each assessment may include risk analysis, solutions, vendor information and cost benefit analysis of proposed solutions according to customer needs or requests.

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