Recent research from the University of Waterloo in Canada found three critical barriers and three key facilitators to the successful deployment and maintenance of an ergonomics process. Humantech board-certified ergonomist Blake McGowan explains in this month’s video.
The three barriers to success are:
- Lack of management commitment, support, and involvement
- Lack of organizational training and knowledge
- Lack of resources (people, time, and money)
The three key facilitators to an ergonomics initiative are:
- Have a documented and effective improvement process
- Have a participatory approach that includes the end user in the process
- Provide organizational training and ensure it is supported by a subject matter expert
Reference: Yazdani A, Wells R. (2018). Barriers for implementation of successful change to prevent musculoskeletal disorders and how to systematically address them. Appl Ergon. 2018 Nov;73:122-140. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2018.05.004. Epub 2018 Jun 29.