About Humanscale Consulting Services
Humanscale Consulting assists organizations with the development and implementation of cost effective ergonomics programs. Our research-based training and assessment programs improve worker comfort while lowering injury risks and associated costs. Humanscale’s team of certified ergonomists has implemented formal ergonomics programs for clients ranging in size from large Fortune 500 companies, to mid-size government agencies and municipalities, to small privately held firms.
At Humanscale, we feel that an ergonomic program’s success is predicated on an organization’s ability to transfer knowledge to employees. To that end, we pride ourselves on our ability to help employees make the behavioral changes necessary to work more comfortably and with less risk. An effective approach entails a focus on workstation design and employee education. We employ a six phase approach to program implementation:
Our first step is to simply become immersed in your organizations current needs and challenges. Together we engage key stakeholders, elevate awareness of best practices and outline a framework for the implementation of a sustainable ergonomics program.
Next, we investigate key areas of concern. Our team of board certified ergonomists will document and analyze site trends, evaluate existing design standards and review your current program. From there, we will work to develop a cost effective strategy to reduce risk and improve employee comfort and health.
Successful action plans require realistic program objectives and timelines. Together we formulate an approach by defining short and long-term goals, leveraging available resources and outlining stakeholder responsibilities.
Employee training, assessment, and workstation enhancement form the core of our implementation process. Interactive group training sessions and individualized assessments elevate awareness of proper workstation configuration, improve posture and reduce employee discomfort. Our certification program in office ergonomics builds in-house expertise of the assessment process and becomes a first line of defense for preventing workplace injuries.
In an effort to gauge the effectiveness of specific program components, we track and analyze a variety of data sets and performance indicators. This process enables our team to make informed program suggestions that will lead to further process improvements.
Program maintenance is critical for continued success. In this phase, our team is a resource for recurring training, assessment support and program guidance. As your organization shifts employees between facilities or acquires additional facilities, we work to ensure that consistent workstation design and training strategies are implemented throughout.
A brief overview of how each program is organized into phases is provided below.
|Engage||Designing Healthy Work Environments||An educational program designed to elevate awareness of ergonomic concerns at the stakeholder level.|
|Elements of Successful Ergonomics Programs||This program provides an organizational framework for successful program implementation.|
|Evaluate||Workplace Audit||Our team will conduct an evaluation of the existing work environments to identify key areas of concern and to determine potential areas of improvement.|
|Plan||Program Development Workshop||In this workshop, we will report the results of our evaluation. Next, we will work with your team on defining short and long term program goals and stakeholder responsibilities. Lastly, we will draft a document outlining the policies and procedures related to the management of your ergonomics program.|
|Implement||Clean Sweep Training and Assessment Program||An employee-level group training and assessment program. A one hour training course is combined with individual workstation fittings. Three levels are available.|
|Train the Trainer Program in Office Ergonomics||A two day certification course designed to build in-house expertise of the assessment process.|
|Measure||Program Measurement||Using the metrics defined earlier in the development process, we will analyze musculoskeletal health trends and associated cost reductions. A detailed report will be generated and distributed to all program stakeholders.|
|Support||Ergonomic Program Support||Support services include: post installation training; recurring training programs; project level workstation design support; program augmentation and refinement|
|Ergonomic Assessment Program||Remote and onsite assessment support for difficult cases as necessary.|