|Chapter 6106 Ergonomics Program|
Ergonomics, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is simply the study of work. More specifically, ergonomics is the science of designing the job to fit the worker, rather than physically forcing the worker’s body to fit the job.
Physical aspects of a job can place stresses on the body and lead to injury. Environmental factors of a job can affect hearing, vision, and overall general health. In addition, the work environment often has a strong influence on the musculoskeletal system. Ergonomics helps reduce the risk of these types of injuries and promotes good overall general health.
Jefferson Lab recognizes that preventable ergonomic injuries are a hazard issue and has established an Ergonomics Program that consists of health and risk factor surveillance, worksite evaluations and improvements, and ergonomics training.
The primary goals of the ergonomics program are to minimize employee exposure to risk factors for work-related musculoskeletal disorders, and to help improve work practices, furniture, tools, and equipment. Strategies for reducing such risk factors focus initially on engineering controls. When engineered controls are not feasible or sufficient, work practice controls and administrative controls, along with enhanced PPE are included.
The ergonomics program applies to everyone at Jefferson Lab. This chapter outlines responsibilities and provides resources and approaches to help maximize comfort and safety.
T1 Office Ergonomoics Guidelines
ES&H Manual Chapter 6106 Appendix T1 Office Ergonomics Guidelines provides some universally applicable suggestions that may be helpful when setting up an ergonomically correct work station in an office setting.
T2 Industrial Ergonomics Guidelines
Preventable ergonomic injuries are hazard issues that commonly exist in an industrial setting. ES&H Manual Chapter 6106 Appendix T2 Industrial Ergonomics Guidelines provides individuals with industrial ergonomics safety guidelines that may be helpful when planning and performing work in an industrial setting.
T3 Risk Assessment and Safety Controls for Safe Lifting
Risk assessment is a necessary prerequisite to the safe performance of potentially hazardous tasks such as lifting. ES&H Manual Chapter 6106 Appendix T3 Risk Assessment and Safety Controls for Safe Lifting provides an overview of risk assessment as a determinant of safety controls to prevent injury associated with lifting tasks.
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Everyone at Jefferson Lab
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