The goal of this session is to raise awareness and encourage safe behavior.
Activity: Have the group determine which risk factors (center column) are present in common work activities (left column) and non-work activities (right column).
When it comes to reducing the chance of soft tissue injuries, it is not just about being physically fit. There are activities in this plant that are done every day that put us at risk as well. These activities should be assessed by the plant ergonomics team and steps should be taken to reduce the risk.
In This Training…• A recap of the best way…….• General ergonomic risk factors• Household tasks and activities that increase risk• Basic control methods and things to remember 3
We Have Come a Long WaySince the start of the training, we have learned many things:• Awkward posture, force, and repetitive motion are the most common ergonomic risk factors in most packaging plants• The earlier that we identify and address discomfort the better off we will be• Sometimes simple fixes make a big difference 4
We Have Come a Long WaySince the start of the training, we have learned many things:• Each joint has a position in which it has the greatest strength, deviations from that position reduce strength• Preventative maintenance for our bodies is important, and comes in the form of exercise (and maintaining a healthy diet!) 5
Life Outside of Our JobsAll of us engage in activities outside of the workplaceMany of these activities pose the same or very similar ergonomic risk factorsSome of these activities provide a completely separate set of ergonomic risk factors 6
Name That Risk Factor! Work Activities Risk Factors Non-Work Activities• Driving a Forklift Awkward Posture • Mowing the Lawn• Hand-stacking Force • Folding Laundry Boxes Repetitive Motion • Playing Pool• Lifting Ink Contact Stress • Repairing a Car Buckets Static Posture Engine• Pushing a Load Vibration Down the Conveyor Line 7
Home WorkLet’s take a closer look at three groups of activities that may take up some of your time outside of work:• Working in the yard or garden• Preparing food in the kitchen• Working (or playing) at your home computer 8
Ergonomic tips: In the Yard orGarden…• Use a hand truck to move heavy items such as large rocks and bagged soils or fertilizer• Limit time spent using trimmers, lawn mowers, and other power tools to reduce exposure to vibration• Use kneeling or knee pads and change position frequently when working close to the ground• Use long handled tools for weeding to prevent the need to stoop continuously 9
Ergonomic tips: In the Kitchen…• Maintain a clear path between the sink, refrigerator, and the stove• Look for tools and utensils that have large soft handles to reduce excessive grip strength• Keep knives sharp to reduce force needed for cutting• Use food choppers or processors to save time and reduce repetitive motions 10
Ergonomic tips: In the HomeOffice…• Make sure you have a comfortable and adjustable chair• Set a good example. If you are hunched over the keyboard or clicking your way around the world on the Internet for hours, your child will get the message it is okay to damage his/her body this way.• If possible, arrange lighting to minimize glare on the screen and help prevent eye strain. 11
Ergonomic tips: In the HomeOffice… • Strategically place materials on your desk to minimize reaching, twisting and lifting movements. • Try to take short periodic breaks when working for long periods of time. This allows your muscles and tendons to recover. Moving around or changing position is also a great idea. 12
Exercise and ErgonomicsExercise is known to improve muscle strength and flexibilityBoth of these qualities are of great importance in reducing our risk of developing a soft tissue injury.Additionally, we need to take a look at the work that is being done, identify ergonomic risk factors, and take steps to reduce the risk. 13
Remember those StretchSheets?Many of the training modules came with stretching exercises.They covered the following topics: the back, the shoulders, the hands + wrists, and the knees + legs.When all of these are put together they provide an excellent full-body stretching program. 14
Please Remember…• Continue to report signs and symptoms of soft tissue injuries to your supervisors as early as possible• Use the tools you are given (stretch sheets, knowledge, RADAR, etc.) to protect yourself• ~ Safety First for a healthy body 15