03/17/2006

New e-tool: Ergonomics in the Printing Industry

Workers involved in printing processes may be at risk of developing
musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) from workplace activities which force them to
work outside their physical capacities (i.e., lifting an item that is too
heavy, or lifting too often, or working in awkward body postures). MSDs are a
serious problem as they can increase the number of employee lost work days,
increase insurance costs, increase training and staffing costs, and reduce
operation efficiency and quality. Changes which allow employees to work within
their physical limits reduce the number errors, sick days, and injuries and
enable employees to be more productive and produce a higher quality product.
Ergonomic improvements are often simple and obvious, but even if they require
significant effort they generally justify the resources spent. Good ergonomics
is good business.

This eToolprovides valuable information based on the experience of others with
the hope of making the process of hazard minimization easier.


 
Within each process page the user will find a description of the printing
process and the trouble areas that have currently been identified for that
process. The user can navigate between each area to become familiar with the
hazard and to see what others have identified as possible solutions to address
these problems.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: National Institute of Occuaptional Safety and Health