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December 15th, 2016

The Bottom Line: Benefits of Participatory Ergonomics

In this installment of The Bottom Line, certified ergonomist Blake McGowan summarizes the findings of a study that quantified the economic benefits of a participatory ergonomics program.








Five meaningful and statistically significant reductions in health outcomes were found, including

  • 35% reduction in first aid cases
  • 50% reduction in modified duty cases
  • 23% reduction in casual absenteeism
  • 75% reduction in long-term sickness absences
  • 93% reduction in the duration of long-term sickness absences

Two meaningful and statistically significant improvements in productivity measures were found and include:

  • 1% increase in first time quality production
  • 5% increase in productivity efficiency

Tompa E, Dolinschi R, Natale J.  (2013).  Economic evaluation of a participatory ergonomics intervention in a textile plant.  Appl Ergon. 2013 May;44(3):480-7. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2012.10.019. Epub 2012 Dec 11.,