Ergonomics can be easily overlooked as a top safety opportunity in low-risk environments, however it can be one of the most beneficial opportunities to tackle from a safety, workplace culture and business perspective.
Ergonomics reduces costs
Upper management must understand that musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) should not be considered just a cost of doing business. The proper implementation of an ergonomics program can help reduce ergonomic risk factors thus trim operating expenses by reducing costs and improving productivity. OSHA statistics showed that approximately $1 out of every $3 in workers compensation claims stem from insufficient ergonomic protection.
Ergonomics improves employee engagement
Yes, ergonomics can be costly, however it is an investment in your most important asset; your employees. Employees will take notice when they feel cared for, an investment in creating a safe, healthy and comfortable workplace will lead to improved morale, increased employee involvement in company initiatives and work ethic – all signs of more engaged workers.
Ergonomics can improve quality of work
If a job/task is too physically and/or mentally draining for an employee, they may become dis-engaged, fatigued and less productive. A loss of concentration or reduction in attention to detail could create a product quality defect. By designing a workplace to allow good posture, less exertion and fewer motions can help eliminate those side effects.
So to answer the question, in my opinion, yes ergonomics is absolutely worth the cost. Not only is it an investment in your employee’s wellbeing but it is proven to help reduce costs, increase employee engagement and improve quality of work.