Here at Clear Path, we believe that partnering strategically with other organizations is key to ensuring that we can provide value to our clients with a wide range of services, expertise, and connections. Anna recently met with our newest strategic partner Taylor'd Ergonomics, a consulting company based in Cambridge, Ontario that specializes in ergonomics and seeks to inspire, build, and support partnerships to advance ergonomics excellence. They serve employers in all sectors, from automotive parts and health care, to offices and airlines.
In this blog, we sit down with Carrie Taylor, principal ergonomist and founder of Taylor'd Ergonomics, to gain some insight into how employers can incorporate ergonomics into their Health and Safety training.
Q: What types of projects do you typically get called in for?
We get involved in many different types of projects...here are a few:
Q: With the July 1st deadline for Health and Safety awareness training approaching, do you have any thoughts on how employers can incorporate ergonomics into their training plans?
Since strain/sprain injuries are THE leading type of injury in every single sector in Ontario, it stands to reason that employers should be providing ergonomics training for workers. For us as ergonomists, it’s important that the training focuses on what the employees can do for themselves, AND that the employer is simultaneously making efforts to improve the jobs.
Our one-hour workshops, called “face-2-face”, give employees first hand experience in why, for example, they are stronger pushing forward than sideways, or how adjusting the height of their seat can change the way their back feels.
Q: Do you have any best practices or tips for employers when it comes to ergonomics?
Ergonomics isn’t just about comfort and injury reduction. A good ergonomics program can also improve productivity, quality, and reduce turnover and absenteeism by improving job satisfaction. A company may start out looking to contain their injury costs, but the bigger benefit may be the impact that we have on other aspects. For example, reducing a forward reach will save time, which can result in a higher productivity over the day, or may allow more time for inspection, resulting in less scrap and errors.
To succeed, an ergonomics program needs to have support from managers and supervisors. Once they understand the value of ergonomics, they will be very helpful to the ergonomist in getting changes made!
Most ergonomists have a kinesiology background, but not all kinesiologists are ergonomists. It's important for employers to ensure that the ergonomists you hire are certified and have the educational background and the experience needed to practice.
Ergonomics cannot succeed as a “one-shot deal”. A company doesn’t “do ergonomics in February”. An ongoing effort is needed to keep ergonomics programs moving forward. We help companies to maintain this momentum through employee awareness contests, bulletin boards, lunch’n’learn sessions, and, of course, by continuously working toward implementation of job improvements.
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