The Win-Win of Smart Ergonomic Solutions and Operator Involvement
By Christy Lotz, CPE
For the last six years, Humantech has worked to recognize the hard work and impressive improvements of our clients by hosting the annual Find It – Fix It Challenge. It is intended to recognize creative, sustainable, and high-impact solutions that address ergonomics issues in the workplace. Many companies have their own internal “ergo cup” awards or competitions as they also want to recognize the impact of ergonomic improvements.
Humantech has created the Find It – Fix It Challenge due to the overwhelming number of amazing fixes we see during our RAPID Team Events® all year long. However, we still run into cultures that view ergonomics as costly and resource exhausting. Their focus is often on adjustable equipment which can be costly (e.g., height adjustable lift tables), and usually that adjustability function is never used. We continually see and hear about the $300,000 equipment installations that are collecting dust. These types of endeavors rarely include the operators, and they should.
By focusing on awareness and operator involvement, solid, practical and low-cost solutions can not only be implemented, but actually used by employees.
The deadline for our 2012 Challenge is this week! We can’t wait to see your awesome entries!