The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2016 - (Page 59)

WarEhOuSE ERgOnOMICs SaFETy A Look at Ergonomics in the Distribution Center T BY SCOTT STONE, CISCO-EAGLE, INC. hink for a moment about your personal definition of productivity. Words like "effectiveness" and "output" and "production" likely come to mind. But what we often forget in material handling is that productivity doesn't have to mean harder work. In fact, in manufacturing operations and distribution facilities, higher productivity often means less demanding physical work, employee touches, and interactions between product and personnel. What do we mean by this? The answer lies in ergonomics, the science of designing the job to fit the worker instead of physically forcing the worker's body to fit the job. According to the Occupational Health & Safety Administration, ergonomics helps lessen muscle fatigue, increases productivity, and reduces the number and severity of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Let's take a look at the relationship between ergonomics and productivity in the distribution center: Decreased risk of injury In the distribution center, workplace injuries aren't just detrimental to employee health and safety; they can also have a significant impact on productivity. With workers sidelined and unable to work, companies face The MHEDA Journal | Third Quar ter 2 016 59

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2016

Chairman’s Perspective
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Editor’s Note
MHEDA University Calendar
Ask Your Board
MHEDA Member Profile
Women @Work
Industry Pulse
Best of the Best
MHEDA Member's Populate Dealer Recognition Lists
MHEDA's MVP Program Turns Five
MHEDA MVP and MVS Award Recipients
Happy Anniversary!
Enhancing Safety in the Warehouse
A Look at Ergonomics in the Distribution Center
How to Keep Pallet Rack Safer
Is Your Warehouse Really Safe?
2016 Emerging Leaders Conference
Building and Protecting Your Personal Brand in an Online World
MHEDA Convention Recap
Forklift Dealership Management Conference
Memo to Material Handling Millenials
New Members
Spotlight on Association News
MHEDA Milestones
Index of Advertisers by Product Category
The Last Word

The MHEDA Journal - Third Quarter, 2016