Ergonomics Proposal

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Date: March 17, 2009

Subject: Ergonomics in the Workplace

Authorization and Background:

At our last meeting on March 2, we discussed the need to implement in our company a program that helps us to increase the employees’ productivity and effectiveness. In order to make this possible, the company decided to develop an ergonomics program. As a result, we were requested to explore the impact, benefits and advantages that an introduction of ergonomics in the workplace has.

We submit this proposal in response to the request.

After a little research, our preliminary study revealed that there are cases reported which shows that companies that have implemented an ergonomics program have experience an increase of productivity. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 34% of all lost-workday injuries and illnesses are work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs). WMSDs are a result of a bad match between the worker, the work they perform and the equipment they use. More common names for WMSDs include repetitive stress injuries, cumulative trauma disorders, tennis elbow, white finger, and the most common of all, carpal tunnel syndrome. This productivity is said to be achieved by equipment redesign and of savings achieved from the reduction of accidents, and from improvements in the working environment.

Statement of the Problem

In order to increase productivity of our employees and company is important to find alternatives to create a pleasant working environment. We propose to study the importance and viability of implementing an ergonomics program in a company.

Purpose of the Study

The objective of this study is to investigate and describe the way in which inappropriate conditions of work affect not only the employees’ performance but their physical health.

Scope of Analysis

To determine the impact of developing and implementing an ergonomics program, the following questions must be answered:

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