Ergonomics Job Analysis Options

Ergonomics-related problems come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  At Auburn Engineers, Inc. we recognize that all situations cannot be evaluated using the same techniques and tools.  The ability to apply an ergonomic eye, ranging from broad to very detailed, enables us to tailor an evaluation process and offer recommendations that make sense to your company initiatives and your budget.  Our highly experienced ergonomists value the opportunity to work with your company to solve ergonomics problems that may be causing lost production or lost time due to injuries.

 

Level 1 

Typical Time: 2 to 3 hours per job

Risk Assessment

A list of ergonomics risk factors associated with the primary duties of the job will be determined from direct observation of the job as performed.

Solution Recommendations

A list of "Tried and True" recommendations to resolve the ergonomics risk factors will be provided.  These recommendations are drawn from our extensive database of solutions, developed from years of experience at solving similar ergonomics problems in a wide range of industries.

Recommended When:

  • There are many jobs to review
  • A professional has not yet reviewed these jobs
  • Injury costs are relatively low and not focused on a few jobs

 

Level 2

Typical Time: 16 to 24 hours per job

Risk Assessment

A list of ergonomics risk factors associated with the primary duties of the job will be determined from direct observation of the job, indirect indicators such as injury data, employee complaints, etc., and from direct measurement of task requirements.

Solution Recommendations

In addition to the ‘Tried and True” recommendations developed from our years of experience at solving similar ergonomics problems in a wide range of industries, descriptions of specific solution concepts unique to this job will be provided.  Cost-effective solutions are developed to reduce risk to an acceptable level.

Recommended When:

  • A few jobs have been selected for ergonomics improvement
  • Injury costs are moderate to high and management recognizes the opportunity to improve a costly situation
  • No substantial work has been performed by a professional to find ways to improve the situation

 

Level 3

Typical Time: 32 to 48 hours per job

Risk Assessment

In conjunction with the methods utilized in Level 2, there will be additional detailed documentation of the risk assessment to provide more support for the need to make necessary changes.

Solution Recommendations

Level 2 recommendations will be expanded to include more solutions that are unique to the job.  In addition, drawings are provided as needed to add more detail to the descriptions and to include the critical ergonomic specifications.

Recommended When:

  • Injury costs for a job are high, and a solution must be implemented to correct the problems
  • Attempts to improve the job have been unsuccessful due to a lack of technical ergonomics skill, lack of management support, or a lack of engineering support.

 

Level 4

Typical Time: 48 to 160 hours per job

Risk Assessment

Methods of assessment used in previous offerings are expanded to include an expanded depth of risk analysis.  This includes subtle influences that escape all but the most detailed look at the job.  In addition, there is an expanded focus on solutions to ensure the system, not just the job, works more effectively and profitably.

Solution Recommendations

Recommendations are broadened to include engineering drawings, prototype development, implementation and testing assistance, and detailed cost justification.

Recommended When:

  • Injury costs are very high for a job because a large number of employees are exposed
  • Professionals have tried to resolve the problem but have not been successful
  • The job and it’s problems have become a high profile issue with the company
  • Limited engineering support is available to ensure successful implementation