Resolutions that double as quick fixes rarely add up to permanent ergonomics solutions. To find the ergonomics solution that fits a specific problem in the workplace, you’ll have to get to the heart of the problem first.
For example, if workers on an assembly line are complaining of low back pain, the goal is to find the cause or aggravator of the pain. Or if a piece of equipment implemented to improve productivity doesn’t seem to make a noticeable difference, the productivity issues may have deeper roots in the workplace design. The best way to find an appropriate ergonomics solution to a workplace problem is to first thoroughly analyze the workplace. It starts with a discussion with department heads, the ergonomics committee, the front line workers, the safety team or any of a number of other individuals or groups who can offer insight into the situation. This is the first step
This article originally appeared in The Ergonomics Report™ on 2004-01-01.