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Proving the value of ergonomic programs.

Authors
Torma-Krajewski-J
Source
American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 21-26, 2005, Anaheim, California. Fairfax, VA: American Industrial Hygiene Association, 2005 May; :1
NIOSHTIC No.
20027339
Abstract
Upper management and business owners often present the greatest barrier to implementing ergonomic or other environmental and safety-related initiatives. In most cases, a clear business case must be made and presented, compelling management to act. This roundtable presentation will break down the areas to address into a few basic components, and will offer user-friendly tools and methods to accomplish this task. Three areas associated with the "cost of doing nothing" will be identified: workplace injuries resulting in direct costs to an employer, the indirect costs related to such an injury, and costs related to productivity and efficiency issues. Another segment of the roundtable will tie these components together, demonstrating a simple, yet powerful method to cost justify ergonomic intervention. Two additional speakers will discuss alternative ergonomic cost justification techniques in the mining industry and selling internal programs to management at Motorola. Attendees should leave armed with a solid, yet simplified approach to selling ideas to management, rather than just taking the standard regulatory compliance stance.
Keywords
Ergonomics; Safety-research; Safety-programs; Safety-practices; Safety-measures; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Work-environment; Workers
Publication Date
20050521
Document Type
Abstract
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
PRL
Source Name
American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, May 21-26, 2005, Anaheim, California
State
CO
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