Why ergonomics?

  • Profile2Implementing ergonomics is very reasonable. In the past 5 years ErgonomicStuff reports that 19% of ergonomics controls implemented are at no cost to organizations. 51% of the recommendations provided from an ergonomic assessment are between $1 to $500.  A limited 17% of ergonomic controls cost are found $500 to $1000 and only 13% of ergonomic controls cost more than $1000.
  • The cost of workers compensation insurance has increased to 59% since 2001.   51% of organizations feel it is the right thing to do and 31% of the others applies its principles to follow legislation.  33% of the organizations conducting ergonomic programs benefited from an increase profitability , 23% in productivity and 26% in employee morale. 99% of all assessments and accommodations completed by IHFC in 2002 resulted in a significant comfort improvement or reduction in discomfort.
  • Furthermore, 72% of employees interviewed during assessments in 2001, didn’t know how to adjust their chair to achieve desired comfort but 30% of occupational injuries have been found to be stress related. 
  • Since many of the discomfort found in both wrists and often related to iron deficiency or anemia as well as stress related issues from the upper extremities causing discomfort in the wrists, it has been claimed that 80% or tendonitis operations should not have been done and the source was chemical or cognitive.
  • The ergonomic program payback claims sick leave reduced from 8.2 to 2.7 % in one organization (AEI, 2002). Also, productivity increase by 36% was found (IHFCergo, 2002) along with a 12% Increase in efficiency and (NB Tourism,1997). In addition to a morale and satisfaction increase by 42% in a Major Toronto Call Centre, a 94% decrease in injury costs within three years was reported in 2002 in a Canadian Federal Government Minsitry. 
  • Some additional HC statistics include:
    • One in three (Can) 35.6% to 40% experience stress  and work-life conflict, along with high levels of   depressed mood. 
    • 50% of employees experience high levels of perceived stress where 26% employees feel “burned out” from their jobs. 
    • Women report more work-life conflict than men and  35% of stressed employees cause 13.2 days of  absence per year per person.  
    • High stress caused an average of 4.62 visits to the physician (12 months) at an average cost of $35 per  sit: Therefore $425.8. million to treat individuals for   problems related to stress.  
    • 90% increase in mental and psychological insurance claims since 1998. 

Microbreaks will increase productivity by 27% (IHFC, 2000)