Why Is An Issue
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) account for approximately one-third of all occupational injuries and illnesses reported to them by employers every year. As a result, these disorders constitute the largest job-related injury and illness problem in the US today. In 1997, employers reported to the BLS a total of 626,000 lost workdays attributable to MSDs. These disorders accounted for $1 of every $3 spent for workers' compensation in that year. Workers with severe MSDs can face permanent disability that prevents them from returning to their jobs or handling simple, everyday tasks.
Many companies have taken action to address and prevent these problems. OSHA estimates that ergonomic programs already protect fifty percent (50%) of all employees but only twenty eight percent (28%) of all workplaces in general industry. OSHA has added ergonomic regulations under 29 CFR 1910.900 which may pertain to your company. Here at All Phase Environmental, Inc., we will protect your interests and your employees who are at significant risk of incurring a work-related MSD disorder but are currently without an ergonomics programs.
Good Ergonomics is Good Economics
Not only will we be protecting your employees, we can also save you money. Experts in the field understand that “good ergonomics is good economics.” Our experience has shown that an ergonomics programs can produce a net economic gain because it can reduce MSDs and improve the workers performance. We will also seek to limit your costs by restricting the application of the ergonomics program to the jobs in which an MSD has occurred rather than developing a facility-wide program as a response to a single problem job.
Proper ergonomic setup does not have to look this nice
The Elements of a Good Ergonomic Plan
All Phase Environmental, Inc. will assist you in putting your plan together and writing it in a format that will be easy to understand, track and update. The following list includes the main sections of your Ergonomic Plan:
- Management Leadership and Employee Participation
- Hazard Information and Reporting
- Quick Fix Solutions
- Job hazard analysis and control
- MSD Management for workers who have covered MSDs
- Program Evaluation