The Importance Of Ergonomics

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The WF standards differ from MTM mainly due to the fact, that only quantitative parameters are used to further describe motion elements. “Ergonomics applies information about human behavior, abilities and limitations and other characteristics to the design of tools, machines, tasks, jobs and environments for productive, safe, comfortable and effective human use” (McCormick and Saunders 1993). Ergonomics aims to provide maximum productivity at minimum cost. A workplace can often include jobs that requires extended reach or overhead works that cannot be sustained for long periods. Ergonomic principles ensure that more people can perform a given task without the risks of injuries because ergonomics takes into account the capabilities and limitations of a person. This approach helps to reduce the risks of musculoskeletal disorders resulting in manual handling of materials. When it comes to assembly lines, proactive ergonomics help in preventing work related musculoskeletal disorders by recognizing and reducing risk factors in the design stages. This would mean proper selection and use of tools, job methods, workstation layouts and materials that help to carry out the operation without undue stress and strain. Redesigning and modifying work processes will incur additional costs and production losses. Therefore the design stage plays a key role in the implementation of ergonomic solutions. The ever-changing global market is forcing modern manufacturers into a state of

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