As America’s workforce ages, concerns about reducing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and other injuries among this growing segment are increasing. Employers value these experienced workers—and with good reason.
Employee retention—making sure you hold on to good employees—is one of the most significant but most easily overlooked ways to make, and keep, your organization profitable. When the replacement cost of a blue collar employee is an average of 20% of their annual compensation, it makes sense to look for ways to improve your retention rates.
New developments in neuroscience and the biology of pain are showing us that tissues inform the brain of threat, not pain. World renowned pain researcher and educator Dr. Adriaan Louw puts it this way: “Pain is 100% produced by the brain based on the perception of threat. What a worker thinks and believes contributes to their pain experience considerably. Altering what a patient thinks or believes can alter the patient’s pain experience”.
Compliance with OSHA rules about workplace safety requires employers to know exactly what potential hazards their hourly workers may be exposed to—at every stage of every task they perform. OSHA requires employers to identify hazards, prevent them if they can, and control them if they can't.
Avoiding workplace injuries is at the very top of management's list—an obvious sentiment largely held within every organization. But the truth of the matter is injuries are bound to occur during an organization's time of operation, regardless of the industry. OSHA provides clear guidelines in the event of a workplace injury, keeping employees safe in the long run and potentially saving you millions in the process. The question is, are you prepared?
Making sure that all of your employees—male and female—are physically able to handle the jobs they’re responsible for is vital in avoiding injury and getting the jobs done. Physical Ability Testing (PAT) is the single best way to make sure this happens. Without it, you’re gambling with your schedule, your commitments, and your money.
We’re all aware of the major role ergonomics plays in the heavy-lifting manufacturing industry. But the need for proper ergonomic implementation extends further than the factory floor and becomes apparent in other fields. The common connection? Ergonomics is necessary for promoting healthy work practices across a broad segmentation, no matter the job.