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PHASE 1 will identify and address OSHA 300 logs, deficiencies in reporting, and workplace hazards and conditions that are potentially contributing to risk of MSD injuries, claims and costs. Another important objective of this phase is to address attitudes and employee relations issues that may contribute to claims and costs. A workplace that manages injury claims with hostility, suspicion, and punitive responses will suffer far greater claims and costs than a company that approaches the same problems with compassion and cooperation. All too often the attitude of a manager, a supervisor or another worker may push some injured employees toward expensive legal action, rather than seeking effective treatment for cooperative return-to-work. These issues must be addressed in a GAP ANALYSIS to maximize success.
Productivity, Quality, Costs, and Injuries are top concerns for employers. ECI can help you to develop onsite protocols and programs for Injury Management and Ergonomic Programs. Most companies have processes in place for Health & Safety Services, but do not take the same approach for Ergonomics & Injury Management. ECI works with VPP Star Sites, Insurance Companies, Physicians, and Employers to develop best practice programs.
Ergonomics serves as a systems approach that is consistent with the corporate philosophy of "Total Quality Management". This Plan is developed and implemented with strategies that encourage ongoing improvement in production quality, productivity, employee relations, morale, worker self-care attention, staff pride and community participation.
The commitment of Management is crucial to a successful process.Management must be committed to the program initiatives and ensure they are driven from top down.
Management must provide a work environment where operations are fitted to people through total employee involvement. Reducing ergonomic risk is a key factor in maintaining an environment of personal safety and well-being and is essential to the business. Management Personnel must be committed to providing appropriate resources to create a "risk free environment”
INTEGRATING ERGONOMICS & INJURY PREVENTION IN ALL PROCESSES
We understand your challenges with resources, costs, and the need for flexible and practicle solutions that can handle the challenges of multiple locations and diverse geographies. ECI's experts help you establish realistic goals, define roles, and set performance expectations that will provide long term results.
Engineering and Administrative Controls
This phase moves from the "planning & approval stage" to the actual implementation and rolling out the initiatives. The ergonomics initiatives emphasizes the development and selection of ergonomic solutions that will be integrated within the company. Ergonomic controls will be used using one or more of the following methods:
• Engineering Controls
• Work Practices Controls
• Administrative Controls
The feasibility of alternative approaches will be evaluated and a prioritized action plan developed.
PHASE 2: IDENTIFY GOALS & OBJECTIVES
PHASE 5: PROGRAM EVALUATION AND PROCESS CONTROL
PHASE 4: IMPLEMENTATION
PHASE 1: ASSESSMENT & IDENTIFICATION OF NEEDS
The program must be reviewed annually to ensure that all elements are functioning properly, and that it is materially reducing musculoskeletal disorders. Prompt action must be taken where program deficiencies are identified.
PHASE 3: MANAGEMENT COMMITTMENT