Task related ergonomic problems and solutions in the pharmaceutical industry
Ergonomic injuries can be prevented by:
- introducing good ergonomic principles into new and existing workplaces;
- promoting awareness of the hazards amongst staff and consulting them on problems and how they may be solved;
- reviewing tasks to see if the hazardous activity could be eliminated;
- implementing simple, practical solutions such as changing tools or rearranging the workspace.
Points to consider when assessing tasks
- Each task and piece of equipment should be considered from an ergonomic perspective.
- Thoughtful design or purchase of equipment can make tasks more comfortable and efficient. Safety and ease of use should be a consideration.
- Often straightforward adjustments may be enough to make the operator's job less cumbersome and sometimes to solve potentially serious problems.
- Consultation with operators may highlight unrecognised issues. Any issues which emerge from this should be investigated and procedures modified to minimise the risk of strain or injury.
- Whenever a potential solution is put in place it is important to check that it has successfully reduced the risks and not introduced any new problems.
Example problems and solutions
Ergonomic problems within the different areas of the pharmaceutical industry have been identified and possible solutions provided.
Good practice guides have been developed on certain topics to help to assist you further in making your working environment more user orientated.