Erin delved into the personal and environmental risk factors contributing to MSDs. Factors include age, medical conditions, repetitive movements, and exposure to extreme temperatures. She emphasized the importance of an ergonomics program, including training, problem identification, early symptom reporting, and hazard control measures. Effective implementation can be gauged through different key performance indicators. These indicators include incident reports and employee surveys, among other data points.
The presentation clarified that investing in ergonomic solutions isn’t just a matter of employee well-being and significant financial implications. With the average medical cost of a week-long injury at $1,409 and a single permanent disability case amounting to over a million dollars, Erin underlined that indirect costs, like lost productivity and legal damages, can be three times as high as the medical costs. She reinforced that ergonomics are crucial in building a positive workplace culture, reducing costs, and enhancing overall organizational safety.
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