HOW ERGONOMICS REDUCE COSTS IN THE OFFCE
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Ergonomic programmes are becoming more popular and ergonomic interventions becoming more necessary. However, is the Ergonomic programme worth the investment in the workplace? And how can ergonomic programmes reduce costs in the office?
The incidence of Musculoskeletal Disorders associated with computer use is increasing every year. Musculoskeletal Disorders continue to account for the largest proportion of work injuries, namely between 45% and 65%. Implementing an ergonomics program can help trim operating expenses by reducing costs and improving productivity.
Injuries and illness have a major impact on the employer's bottom line. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries developed a cost-benefit calculator. The Cost-Benefit calculator can present a justification to management for implementing a ergonomics programme. This calculator is a decision-making tool and is a simple way to weigh up project costs and the benefits of the project. The calculator is based on the review of 250 studies where organizations reported the outcomes of ergonomics programs.
A good ergonomic program is always cost-effective and reduces costs in the office. Besides reducing the costs, there are more benefits of an ergonomics programme. Benefits include reductions in the number of work-related musculoskeletal disorders or the incidence rate, as well as related lost workdays, restricted workdays, and workers' compensation costs. Additional benefits reported were related to productivity, quality, turnover, and absenteeism.
Return on Investment
The money saved in the long term with an ergonomic programme is called the Return Of Investment. This means, how long will it take to earn back the money that was originally invested so a profit can be seen? The two main factors which determine the return of investment are direct and indirect costs associated with the injury. In 2008 he Cornell University developed the ROI estimator for a reliable estimate of the return on investment.
How can Fit for Work help?
To learn more about setting up or managing an ergonomics programme that supports staff working from home or in the office or support with staying legally compliant, you can reach out to Fit for Work. For more information on our Ergonomics Self-Assessment and Education Tool, contact us.