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Manufacturing Journalist TR Cutler Interviews Ergonomics International Leadership About Evidence‐based Risk Analysis

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Had the opportunity to speak with the founders of Ergonomics International who introduced a cost-effective evidence‐based risk analysis software suite.
 

Manufacturing Journalist TR Cutler Interviews
Ergonomics International Leadership About Evidence‐based Risk Analysis
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. TRC: Specifically, how does this technology help a QA/QC professional know whether an ergonomic hazard exists?

Sam/Mark: Many times, quality findings are present where mental or physical demands exceed the capabilities of the individual.  This can occur when the speed of movement or decision-making thresholds are greater than of those of the individual based on known decision-making capabilities.  

These breakdowns lead to increased rework and failures in the quality verification leading to a repetitive cycle of failure.  This leads to increased work and resources to produce the same number of products at a higher cost.

The SaaS (Software as a Service) system evaluates the job or task to determine if the level of repetition exceeds known standards determined to be harmful.
Manufacturing Journalist TR Cutler Interviews
Ergonomics International Leadership About Evidence‐based Risk Analysis


TRC: How does Ergonomics International’s Risk Assessment SaaS solution assist companies overcoming whether OSHA will cite them under the General Duty Clause?

Sam/Mark: A brief summation of the OSHA general duty clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, requires that each employer furnish to each of its employees a workplace that is free from recognized hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm.


Traditional ergonomic analysis tools may overestimate risk sending companies down trails to fixing hazards that are not the true high risks.  This also includes personal risk factors that may be more involved in certain musculoskeletal injuries that the company takes on as a hazard that is not really a hazard.

The SaaS system prioritizes and provides risk identification where employers may be most vulnerable and where they should likely focus dollars and resources on the reduction of risk.

Documenting the tasks and levels of risk associated with the task/job aids in providing a road map to companies on making change, understanding where changes have been made, the reductions in risk made and the resources spent to reduce those risks are better understood.
About The Author
Thomas R. Cutler is the President and CEO of Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based, TR Cutler, Inc., celebrating its 21st year. Cutler is the founder of the Manufacturing Media Consortium including more than 8000 journalists, editors, and economists writing about trends in manufacturing, industry, material handling, and process improvement. Cutler authors more than 1000 feature articles annually regarding the manufacturing sector. Contact Cutler at trcutler@trcutlerinc.com.

EVENTS

Internet of Manufacturing
INTERNET OF MANUFACTURING
June 15-17, 2020
The 4th Annual Internet of Manufacturing MW returns to Chicago, Illinois from June 15-17, 2020. The 3-day event attracts 300+ manufacturing leaders and innovators and features 75+ expert-led case studies on Building the Business Case, IT/OT Convergence, 5G Implementation, Edge to Cloud Infrastructur...

Manufacturing & Technology 2020
MANUFACTURING & TECHNOLOGY 2020
June 23-25, 2020
M&T is the one-stop experience that brings together manufacturing decision makers from design to delivery. Manufacturing and engineering professionials will convene in Orlando to: Navigate disruption with agility, Learn best practices and trends from the people creating them, Build the relations...