Leading Ergonomic Indicators: Their Importance in the American Workplace, Part 2
- Fred Straub (Prospering Safely Safety and Risk Management Services LLC)
- Document ID
- American Society of Safety Engineers
- Professional Safety
- Publication Date
- November 2018
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 44 - 48
- 2018. American Society of Safety Professionals
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- Leading indicators are a well-documented component of occupational safety and health management systems to evaluate OSH performance.
- This two-part article presents research that examines the use of leading ergonomic safety performance indicators in the American workplace for reducing risk and experiencing fewer ergonomic loss events.
- Part 1 of this article discusses the impact of ergonomic musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace and safety performance indicators. It describes the research performed and discusses several of the findings.
- Part 2 discusses additional research findings and the implications for the OSH profession. Finally, the author presents several conclusions.
Part 1 of this article, presented in the October 2018 issue (PS, pp. 60-67), discusses the impact of ergonomic musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the workplace and safety performance indicators (SPIs). The author describes the research performed and discusses several of the findings. Part 2 presented here discusses additional research findings and the implications for the OSH profession. Finally, the author presents several conclusions.
As noted in Part 1 of this article, this study asked respondents to consider 10 leading ergonomic SPIs regarding their ranking of importance, degree of implementation in the workplace and potential barriers to implementation:
- measuring workers’ perceptions of top/line management commitment to ergonomics safety (e.g., safety perception survey);
- tracking the number of new hires being trained in ergonomics safety before the assignment of their work duties;
- tracking the number of new hires assigned an OSH mentor to coach them in avoiding the ergonomic hazards of their work duties;
- tracking the use of prehazard controls to avoid ergonomic hazards (e.g., prevention through design and/or management of change);
- tracking the number of job hazard analyses (JHA) conducted to avoid ergonomic hazards;
- measurement of workers’ early reporting of strains/sprains they experience (e.g., ergonomic symptoms survey);
- measuring worker participation in management-led stretch-and-flex exercises;
- measuring ergonomic losses investigated for root causes within 24 hours;
- measuring ergonomic improvements implemented;
- conducting an annual audit of the written ergonomic management control programs (EMCP).
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