Ergonomics is an improvement process that, when successful, achieves meaningful outcomes such as less muscle fatigue, increased productivity, and reduced number and severity of work-related MSDs (from OSHA’s Ergonomics page). Ergonomics analysis tools are useful when they support a successful improvement process, such as:
When an ergonomics improvement process is stalled and not achieving meaningful outcomes, it’s sometimes because the chosen suite of ergonomic analysis tools isn’t fitting the needs of the team. The two common frustrations we hear about are:
These frustrations are nearly universal when the jobs are non-repetitive or non-routine. If that’s your issue, you might want to read our short article on Improving Ergonomics in Non-Repetitive Jobs or download Ergoweb’s Guide to Assessing Ergonomic Risk of Non-Cyclical Work.
If your ergonomics process is stalled and you suspect you might not be using the best ergo analysis tools for your purpose, take a look at the suite of tools you’re using and consider if it’s helping or hindering your progress. Download Ergoweb’s Guide to Picking the Best Ergo Analysis Tool for the Job to learn about the strengths and weaknesses of 16 industry-standard ergonomics analysis tools.