Ergonomic Study: An ergonomic study examines how the worker responds when performing a targeted job in relation to the work environment. It examines the “fit” between the worker’s abilities and the job requirements. The ergonomic study takes into account the worker’s size, strength and ability to handle the tasks, tools and work environment. JRP’s ergonomic study not only evaluates the job risks using SIPFT Technology (pronounced “sift”) and also provides potential job modification implementation strategies to bridge the gap between a worker’s abilities and their targeted job requirements.
i. Job analysis with SIPFT Technology
1. What a worker does
2. How the worker performs the work
3. What the outcomes of the work are
4. Essential job tasks with digital photography/electronic video feeds.
5. Physical demands of required tasks
6. Working Conditions
7. Knowledge/skill sets to perform operation
8. Tool, equipment, and workstation influences. Digital identification available
ii. Worker Ability Characteristics
1. Anthropometric data i.e. height, weight, gender
2. Physical abilities
a. Material Handling Capacity i.e. Lift, Carry, Push/Pull
b. Non-Material Handling Capacity i.e. Sit, Stand, Walk, Climb, Reach, Balance
c. Hand/wrist Abilities i.e. grasp, bending
iii. Job/task matching with SIPFT
1. Cross-mapping of job’s essential job tasks against a worker’s abilities to determine safe job assignment.
2. Highlight areas of job task mismatch to determine potential corrective actions that could be taken through modifications of tools, equipment, workstations and/or alternative Job/Task assignments.
iv. Work risk assessment
1. Cross reference with selected ergonomic standards to determine ergonomic deficiencies
a. General exposure
b. Injury specific exposure