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Ergonomic Services
 

Ergonomics focuses on the design of jobs, tools, objects, systems and environment for maximum human comfort, error reduction and efficiency. Ergonomic injuries, including back and repetitive motion illnesses, account for more than half of all workers compensation claims. These injuries are typically chronic, developing over time.

An ergonomic assessment begins with a review of OSHA injury logs to look for injury trends by job type or department. Frequency and severity trends are addressed through a Job Safety Hazard Analysis process where each task step is documented and analyzed for force, frequency or posture issues. Our loss control professionals can conduct the analysis or they can train company staff to conduct their own ergonomic assessments. A company’s own staff often has greater knowledge of the tasks and potential solutions. Production engineers make excellent contributions to the success of ergonomic interventions, by making the process less ergonomically stressful and more productive.

Ergonomic services are conducted using the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health's six ergonomic guidelines:

  • Identification of potential musculoskeletal problems in the workplace through accident analysis and/or complaints
  • Teamwork Implementation by gaining management commitment and encouraging worker involvement, particularly for problem solving
  • Training of management, supervisors and employees
  • Job Safety Hazard Analysis conducted by breaking jobs down into steps and analyzing each step for force, frequency and postural hazards
  • Solution Review and Resolution by identification of effective controls for ergonomic hazards with follow up to determine success
  • Medical management of ergonomic injuries that emphasizes early detection and treatment

Office Ergonomics
Repetitive motion injuries are the most common type of office injury, followed by back injuries and trips and falls. Work station adjustability, change of task or minibreaks and medical management are key to ergonomic stress reduction. Employees should be encouraged to really give ergonomic changes a chance post implementation.

Industrial Ergonomics
Back injuries are the most common type of injury, followed by repetitive motion injuries. Force, frequency, lifted weights, and postural hazard analysis are key to mitigating ergonomic injuries. In some cases, significant engineering/labor assists or job rotation may be the only solutions. Medical management incorporates a return to work program at a “light duty” job.


Count on Loss Control Services

We understand the hazards that could cripple a business. Chubb's Loss Control services are designed to improve safety and prevent or mitigate losses. We first analyze the loss history and understand the business issues, then develop solutions geared toward removing the loss causes so history does not repeat itself. We work closely with many levels of an organization to craft asset management and loss prevention solutions that help businesses have greater control over downtime and more influence on their bottom line.

Our global network of loss control professionals reside in 28 countries. In fact, 25% of our staff is located outside of the United States. Wherever they are, our loss control professionals understand the local business environment and regulations, making global account coordination seamless and ensuring consistency and quality at any location.


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