ErgoAnalyst is underpinned by the principles of participative ergonomics.
Participative ergonomics is a process that reduces the risk of injury and maximises productivity in the workplace via active collaboration between operational, managerial and WH&S staff in a standardised process. This collaborative process harnesses the knowledge in the workplace and actively engages workers, managers and health specialists to produce effective solutions that achieve best practice in workplace design and processes.
Note: Traditional manual handling courses that focus on lifting techniques do not reduce the risk of injury in the workplace.
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ErgoAnalyst Process Cycle
The ErgoAnalyst Process Cycle systematically steps through the training, identification, assessment, control and documentation associated with the injury risk management process. Whilst these steps form a standard injury risk management process, the success of this process relies on the actions that are taken between each step (e.g. appropriate data collection, research on existing controls solutions, detailed action plans and simple documentation to communicate results). The ErgoAnalyst process and training is focused on enabling businesses to effectively and simply step through this process so that they systematically deliver controls that reduce the injury risk and maintain and/or improve the productivity of the business.
The ErgoAnalyst (EA)-SnapShot (displayed on the left of the process cycle) shows the task and its injury risk profile both before and after the control has been implemented, including the specific risk reduction calculations. It is also the primary way to communicate and share the solution both within the business and across the ErgoAnalyst community.
Note: ErgoAnalyst members have access to a large database of these SnapShots of controls in the Members Area that have been successfully implemented by other ErgoAnalyst members, so they they can replicate the success of other businesses without having to 'reinvent the wheel'.
These EA-SnapShots are also the best measure of future injury risk reduction as they are lead indicators that will result in future improvements in injury risk reduction lag indicators like Lost Time Injury Frequent Rates (LTIFR).
It is essential to have an implementation strategy that is tailored to suit your particular business.
This plan should consider:
Appropriate training for both the ErgoAnalyst (EA)-Facilitators and workers is essential to ensure that the most effective solutions are developed.
EA-Facilitator training enables them to:
Manual task risk management training given to workers and managers enables them to understand the process and participate in the ErgoAnalyst participative ergonomics system.
A comprehensive list of potentially hazardous manual tasks across the business is essential for success. These tasks can then be prioritised according to:
Once this list has be developed, the highest priority tasks can be entered into ErgoAnalyst to be scheduled for assessment and control.
The main aim of a risk assessment is not just to assess the risk, but to; help develop effective controls, evaluate those potential controls, and to determine how much risk reduction is being obtained compared to the expense of implementing that control.
The assessment tools provided by ErgoAnalyst:
ErgoAnalyst does all this and more!
The role of the assessor is to facilitate the risk assessment. It is an art perfected over time. ErgoEnterprises can help mentor and up-skill your EA-Facilitators so that they get the best results.
Once the ErgoAnalyst assessment of a task is performed, a brainstorming process that focuses on controls that effectively target the main cause(s) of that risk (shown in the ErgoAnalyst risk assessment) is performed.
Through ErgoAnalyst, potential controls are then systematically evaluated for the viability of the control through a cost benefit analysis that compares risk reduction estimates (calculated by ErgoAnalyst) versus the expense of the control.
Once the best control option(s) have been selected then an action plan is put into place with accountabilities and timelines.
Facilitating the brainstorming and control refinement process requires skills that are developed over time. ErgoEnterprises can help mentor the EA-Facilitators as well as help with engineering solutions and searchable solutions in ErgoAnalyst. We are also constantly adding to the list of ErgoAnalyst-SnapShots that showcase the solutions already developed and evaluated by other ErgoAnalyst members.
The control implementation phase is the most important part of the process. Until effective controls are in place there is no reduction in injury risk.
Action plans and KPIs are vital to ensure that potential controls are successfully implemented.
It is important to remember that some trialling of potential controls may be necessary.
Once the control is in place, the task should be reassessed using ErgoAnalyst to determine the risk reduction achieved and measure productivity improvements.
ErgoEnterprises has extensive experience in developing controls across a wide range of industries and, combined with our engineering background, we can help you develop effective controls. Just give us a call!
Controls should reduce the risk of injury and should maintain or improve productivity.
It is important that any effective control be shared with the wider ErgoAnalyst community, so others can learn from you ... and likewise you can learn from them.
To do this, ensure all information and attachments (pictures, videos, etc) are complete in the system and consider letting the ErgoEnterprises team look over the task so that it can be shared via the ErgoAnalyst-SnapShots.
Periodic review of the task may be necessary so that it can be further improved in the future.
Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly…
until you learn to do it well!
Let us know if you have a great solution. We can then generate the ErgoAnalyst-SnapShot for you to use to showcase your work within your business and to share it with the rest of the ErgoAnalyst community so that others can learn from you and we can share your success and promote your company's achievements with other ErgoAnalyst members.