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Occup Med. 1997 Oct-Dec;12(4):687-700.

Ergonomics programs for health care organizations.

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Office of Ergonomic Support, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Washington, DC, USA.

Abstract

There are many reasons to start an ergonomics program in a health care facility. The cost of injuries and the quality of service are two important justifications. Across all industries successful ergonomics programs have similar elements: management commitment, employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control, medical management, training, and evaluation. While injuries and quality are good ways to justify starting a program, the program ultimately must support the objectives of the administration. Therefore, the program must be planned in advance and measures used to show that the progress in ergonomics is consistent with the goals of the company. As the program expands by individual job and by department, it is important to remember that the goal of the program is to weave the knowledge and application of ergonomics into the fabric of the company culture.

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