Ergonomics and Safety in the Workplace

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Protecting employees health and safety in the workplace

Henry Ford Occupational Health provides ergonomic specialists to evaluate the work environment and make recommendations to enhance the physical work situation and increase the health, safety and productivity of the employee.

Henry Ford Occupational Health is an area concerned with protecting the health and safety of people engaged in work activities. The goals of occupational health programs are to foster a safe and healthy work environment and to protect co-workers, family members, employers, customers, who might be affected by the workplace environment.

An important tool that allows occupational health to reduce employee injury and illness related costs, including medical care, sick leave and disability benefit costs, is the attention to the ergonomic activity of workers.

Ergonomics is a multidisciplinary field which studies the effect of external equipment and devices on the fit of the human body.

Ergonomics is relevant in the design of such things as safe furniture and easy-to-use interfaces to machines and equipment. Proper ergonomic design is necessary to prevent repetitive strain injuries and other musculoskeletal disorders which can develop over time and can lead to long-term disability.

To assess the fit between a person and their physical work environment, ergonomic specialists consider the job (activity) being done and the demands on the user; the equipment used (its size, shape, and how appropriate it is for the task), and the information used (how it is presented, accessed, and changed).

Henry Ford Occupational Health can provide ergonomic specialists to evaluate the work environment and make recommendations to enhance the physical work situation and increase the health, safety and productivity of the employee.

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