Expert Ergonomic Assessments: The Key to a Productive and Safe Workplace
Ergonomics is a field that focuses on designing and organizing objects and systems in a way that promotes efficient and safe interaction between people and their environment. This can include everything from the design of workstations, tools, and equipment, to the development of work processes and procedures that optimize human performance and well-being.
Workplace ergonomic assessments are essential for promoting employee comfort, safety, and productivity. Addressing ergonomic hazards such as inadequate workstation design or repetitive movements can minimize the risk of musculoskeletal injuries and enhance employee performance.
Ergonomic Material Handling & Presentation Consulting
Creating an ergonomic work environment with efficient material handling and presentation reduces the risk of workplace injuries and boosts employee efficiency. Equipping the workplace with appropriate ergonomic tools and material handling equipment is crucial to achieving a safer work environment.
Efficient lineside material presentation is essential for both safe ergonomic handling of materials and optimal lean practices. Properly placing materials in a way that allows for quick and safe retrieval promotes a productive work environment.
Industrial Ergonomics Consulting
PMC offers industrial ergonomics consulting services that aim to assess the safety of operations and provide solutions to prevent potential injuries. Our team of experienced industrial engineers conducts ergonomic injury assessments on real and simulated operations to identify potential hazards and recommend improvements to ensure worker safety.
Increase employee engagement, improve work quality, increase productivity, and reduce costs associated with worker turnover with Industrial Ergonomic Consulting.
Ergonomic Injury Assessment
PMC's team employs various ergonomic injury assessment tools that analyze the risk of injury, the affected body part, and provide solutions. These tools, such as the Lower Back Analysis, Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA), NIOSH Lifting Equation, and Ovako Working Posture Analysis System (OWAS), consider factors like posture, load, force, anthropometrics, recommended weight limits, distance, grasp, time, and more. Based on the analysis, a value is generated that helps determine if changes are necessary for a particular work condition.
Our team can use ergonomic simulation to assess injury risk in any work environment. By creating a virtual environment that simulates real work conditions, we can evaluate potential hazards without putting any actual workers at risk. This allows us to use ergonomic injury assessment tools to evaluate the simulated environment and recommend improvements as needed.
Anthropometrics refers to the study of human body measurements and proportions, which is essential in designing ergonomic work environments. By understanding the average human size and other physical measurements, adequate protection and comfort can be ensured for all workers, regardless of their height, weight, body circumference, strength, or other physical attributes. This is important because what works for one person may not work for another, and designing for the average person can lead to better overall safety and comfort for all workers. PMC's expertise in anthropometrics allows us to account for variations in measurements across different regions and provide accurate and high-quality data.
Ergonomic assessment services can be applied to a variety of industries, including:
- Aerospace and Defense
- Architecture, Engineering and Construction
- Emergency services and management
- Energy, oil & gas, renewables
- Entertainment, leisure, and hospitality
- Food service
- Government, public sector, utilities
- Marine and shipbuilding
- Office and administrative
- Technology, telecommunications, and IT
- Transportation, packaging, and logistics
- Warehousing and distribution
Related Services: Agent Based Simulation Modeling
PMC's agent-based simulation capabilities enable the modeling and analysis of complex systems with autonomous agents which adhere to predefined rules. By creating virtual environments with multiple interacting agents, PMC can simulate and optimize a wide range of scenarios, including logistics, manufacturing, and supply chain operations.
Ergonomic Assessment Applications
- Ergonomic training for employees: Train employees on posture, body mechanics, and workstation setup to minimize stress and reduce injury risk.
- Equipment and furniture modifications: Modifying workstations, tools, and equipment for ergonomic design, such as adjustable surfaces or chairs, tool handle modifications, and wrist supports.
- Workflow redesign: Evaluating and improving work processes and procedures to enhance ergonomics, such as reorganizing workstations, revising procedures, or implementing rotations.
- Addressing force and repetition in the workplace: Reduce injury risk by minimizing force and repetition through techniques such as power tools, automation, and work redesign.
- Office ergonomics: Ergonomic adjustments to workstations, chairs, and equipment to reduce body strain, including proper positioning of computer monitors, keyboards, mice, and telephones.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): PPE may be needed to reduce injury risk, such as gloves or back supports.
- Break and rest schedule: Scheduled breaks and rest periods can reduce injury risk by providing employees with opportunities to move, stretch, and rest their bodies and eyes.
- Job rotation: Job rotation redistributes workload and reduces ergonomic hazards by rotating employees through different tasks or positions to reduce repetitive motions and prolonged static postures.
- Administrative controls: Admin controls change the way work is performed to reduce ergonomic hazards. This includes altering work schedules, increasing supervision, or allowing more breaks.
PMC Ergonomic Assessment Process
What is the Ergonomic Assessment Process?
The ergonomic assessment process entails evaluating the workplace for potential musculoskeletal injury risks and hazards. This involves on-site evaluations, workplace observations, and interviews with employees to collect data. The data is then analyzed to identify problem areas and develop solutions to address hazards, with the goal of minimizing the risk of injury.
How is an ergonomic risk assessment conducted?
- On-site evaluation: Engineers visit the workplace, observe workstations, equipment, and tools, and identify potential hazards.
- Data collection: Ergonomic assessments may involve data collection through surveys, interviews, or biomechanical assessments to gather information on work habits and postures.
- Analysis of data: Experts analyze collected data to identify potential hazards, such as repetitive motions or awkward postures.
- Recommendations: We recommend solutions to address identified hazards and improve workplace ergonomics, such as equipment modifications, changes to work processes, or ergonomic training programs for employees.
How is ergonomic risk assessment data analyzed?
- Job hazard analysis (JHA): Breaks down a job into its individual tasks and identifies the hazards associated with each task.
- Workspace analysis: Evaluates the layout and design of the work area, including equipment and tools, work surface height, and accessibility of controls and displays.
- Biomechanical assessment: Evaluates body mechanics of employees as they perform their tasks, including posture, joint movement, and muscle activity to identify areas of excessive stress or fatigue.
- Repetitive motion analysis: Analyzes work that requires performing the same movements repeatedly to identify the risk of injury due to frequency and duration of the same motions.
Software & Technologies
PMC's Ergonomic Simulation Experts specialize in analyzing and optimizing work processes and designs to improve ergonomics, safety, and efficiency in a variety of industries. Using cutting-edge simulation tools and techniques, our experts can create realistic digital models of work environments and equipment, and evaluate them for ergonomic risk factors.