The Traveling Ergonomist
This article is not a shot at #thetravelingergonomist. In fact, Kirsty (Kirst) Angerer’s posts are informative and enjoyable and if you don’t follow her, you should think about it.
This article is challenging the historic assumption that travel and onsite work should be assumed with any ergonomic evaluation. While many, including us, agree office ergonomic assessments can be provided distantly, the thought of doing so for industrial or labor-intensive environments is foreign to most ergonomics service providers. If you combine that viewpoint with the fees some of those groups charge per hour/visit, the outcome can have a significant impact on your bottom line.
When we developed AtlasWork™, we did so with the goals of breaking that assumption and reducing the cost to analyze ergonomic risk, as well as developing solutions. Here is what we did:
First, when physical demands data is entered into AtlasWork™, it is configured in a way that automatically populates ergonomics risk analysis tools. Therefore, clients do not need to pay twice—once for functional job descriptions and once for ergonomics risk analysis..
Second, we do not use proprietary ergonomics tools that require specialized training or a licensing fee. We use standard well-established and accepted industry tools, keeping things simple and straightforward.
Third, and most germane to this article, once demands data and media is uploaded (usually by a lower cost/hour local resource), in many cases ergonomists can analyze the information and provide solutions to reduce risk distantly. By doing so, we avoid travel-related costs and reduce professional fees.
As an example, our team recently completed distant ergonomic risk assessments for a food producer who had jobs and media entered into AtlasWork™ for over 500 jobs. Our software automatically populated ergonomics tools, prioritized the jobs by risk level, and then we provided ergonomics solutions distantly.
Can you imagine what that would have cost with the historic approach? We don’t want to.
If you are interested in learning more about how AtlasWork™ can make ergonomic assessments less expensive, please contact us. We are confident you will like what you hear.