Concept

Participatory ergonomics

Summary
Industrial ergonomics programs seek to identify and correct factors that negatively impact the physical health of their workers. Participatory ergonomics programs seek to maximize the involvement of the workers in this process based on the simple fact that a worker is an expert on his or her job. The participatory approach to ergonomics relies on actively involving workers in implementing ergonomic knowledge, procedures and changes with the intention of improving working conditions, safety, productivity, quality, morale and/or comfort. Implementing a participatory ergonomics program in the workplace In order to determine if an ergonomics team/committee is right for a workplace, five factors need to be considered. Resources and Support A successful participatory ergonomics program requires initial and continuing resources and support from the top levels of management within the organization. The resources required include:
  • time for the program to develop
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