Mark Heidebrecht, partner at Ergonomics International recently responded to an article in Safety+Health magazine titled, “Trends…in material handling.” Heidebrecht shared, “As a Board Certified Ergonomist/Human Factors Professional most material handling situations present opportunities to reduce the risk of injury and improve quality and efficiency. It is always better to implement efficient material handling processes in the design stage rather than trying to make an inefficient system work with retrofitted items. When presented with heavy or large items do what may be counter intuitive, make it heavier. If you design the task so it is too heavy for an individual to handle powered equipment must be used and the process is more efficient. For light weight or small pick/pack items explore opportunities to decrease double handling or just in time inventory rather than warehousing the items. Entire processes may not be able to be automated, but sections of processes may be able to be automated. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect, just better.”
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About Ergonomics International
Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) professionals have been turning to the leaders of Ergonomics International each of whom has more than twenty years’ experience working from forensic investigation to factory floors. Ergonomics International focuses on designing and implementing tools that are evidence-based. Mark Heidebrecht (MSE, ACSM-EP, CPE/CHFP) and Sam Bradbury (MAOM, ATC, ACSM-EP, CPE/CHFP) built one of the largest ergonomic libraries globally, including one of the largest occupational epidemiology datasets to make the most informed decisions.
In addition to one of the largest data libraries, the company utilizes a statistical epidemiologist and assembled peer-reviewed studies focused on ensuring the latest and best answers to ergonomic and human factors impacting the challenges that companies face.
EHS leaders now have affordable access to one of the most powerful software tools for companies to reduce musculoskeletal injury risk. This mobile compatible software tool provides the best information to help management quantify and mitigate risk.
Ergonomics International’s Evidence‐Based Risk Analysis Software Suite utilizes standardized tools which have high validity and reliability. These tools provide management with real-time data to make evidence‐based decisions, yet data is simple enough for ergonomic, safety, occupational health, Lean Manufacturing, and Six-Sigma professionals to understand and apply. Dashboards are customizable providing the most valuable information at each level of the enterprise. Leading indicators allow users to get ahead of injuries and focus on prevention with the use of cost-effective tools.
Mobile analysis tools include:
EPDA™ (Employee Perceived Exertion Analysis)
Z‐EBRA™ (Proprietary Evidence-Based Risk Analysis)
NERPA – (Novel Ergonomic Postural Assessment)
Cumulative Lifting Analysis
ISO-based Ergonomic Analysis
Manual Material Handling Guidelines
NIOSH Lifting Equation (The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
ACGIH Hand Threshold Limit Value
The mobile compatible SaaS (Software as a Service) solution accurately documents and reports risks in real-time. Mobile compatibility eliminates traditional methods of dual entry that create lags in data analysis and potential introduction of errors. For more information call (913) 488-3127 and follow on Twitter @ErgonomicsIntl.
Company Name: Ergonomics International
Contact Person: Mark Heidebrecht
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Phone: (913) 488-3127
Address:15633 S Brookfield St.
Country: United States