Ergonomics assessment of repetitive work – where the work area, materials, and tools are consistent and cycles are short enough that you can observe the activity numerous times in an hour or two – isn’t always easy. But assessing and improving ergonomics of non-repetitive jobs – which might include unplanned tasks, non-routine duties, and field-based work – is nearly always hard. Here are four problems (and solutions) for assessing and improving non-repetitive jobs:
Consider using setting-specific ergonomic checklists for improving non-cyclical jobs. These simple tools – usually a series of yes/no questions to quickly identify the presence of potentially problematic situations or activities – can help you streamline the ergonomic improvement process and get past the “analysis paralysis” that sometimes comes with addressing the ergonomics of non-repetitive jobs. This approach is described in Ergoweb’s Using Setting-Specific Ergonomic Checklists for Non-Cyclical Work – which you can download.
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