Ergonomics is more than a buzzword today - it is a movement. Nationally, our demographics confirm we are aging and in deteriorating physical shape. This impacts the workplace, and good employers must think of their businesses in terms of ergonomics. EASE is the group within MHI focused solely on making work easier for people by improving the work environment.
EASE members promote the practice of good ergonomics in the workplace by providing solutions across a broad spectrum of applications and industries. Activities include presentations at various industry events and development of non-commercial training materials. EASE also engages and collaborates with NIOSH and the academic community to enrich the group and enhance presentations and training materials.
The mission of the Ergonomic Assist Systems and Equipment (“Council”) is to broadly promote the benefits of ergonomic assist systems and equipment together with the advantages derived from, and the considerations for, the use of this equipment in the workplace. It is also the mission of the Council to promote the general safety and health aspects of work environments for people with or in the vicinity of mechanical equipment.
If you have 3-5 minutes, check out NIOSH's latest WRT Sector News Bulletin. It has three short stories for the professional serving the needs of the businesses in the wholesale and retail trade sector.
|Match Making - Tasks, People and Tools|
Understanding the demands placed on workers having to do manual material handling in today's industrial workplace means balancing the most productivity from every employee while understanding their physical limitation and keeping them injury free. The key to satisfy both the demand and the needs of the worker is providing them the right engineered intervention (tool). Appreciating there is often more than one solution, understanding what's available along with the pros & cons of each device permits management to make informed decisions and the best investments. This fast moving, highly illustrated session deals with ways to implement better manual handling devices throughout the process (materials, manufacturing, assembly and packaging) which can improve the ergonomics, reduce waste, minimize much of the stress on the employee, while increasing efficiency and productivity.