Ergonomics is defined as the science of designing the job, equipment, and workplace to fit the worker. Considerations for ergonomic design is seen in everything from the chairs workers sit in to the type of floor workers walk on. Ergonomic design is especially important for the manufacturing industry, since many tasks are done on a consistent and repeatable basis.
Many injuries sustained in manufacturing environments are caused by cumulative wear and tear on different parts of the body. Back injuries, tendinitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome are examples of the types of injuries one could sustain if proper ergonomic design wasn’t a consideration.
One effective way many companies address the issue of injuries due to cumulative wear and tear is by developing an ergonomic process for the workplace. They treat the ergonomic process like you would treat any other safety concern, by developing a long-term process which focuses on continuous improvement rather than any type of quick fix solution.
There are thousands of different things to consider when looking to improve the safety of the workplace through ergonomics. Each situation needs to be handled on a case by case basis. If you need more help, there are many resources on the web. Below are a few that provide lots of great information.