Introduction

This session reviews the findings of the recent Elements of Successful Ergonomic Programs benchmarking project. The study analyzed programs of companies recognized as successfully managing occupational ergonomics. Occupational ergonomics, as defined by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), is "the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population. Ergonomics is an approach or solution to deal with a number of problems – among them is work-related musculoskeletal disorders."

Humantech conducted this benchmarking study as part of an ongoing process to better understand the current status and successful elements of managing occupational ergonomics in today's workplace. The third in a series of studies, this effort aimed to identify the key elements of world-class ergonomics programs. While many have been leaders in health and safety excellence for some time, this study focused solely on their current program to improve workplace ergonomics. Interviews used a standard question set to consistently explore common program elements.

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