ROI and Ergonomics
One of the most common inquiries we receive from our past students is a request for documentation that demonstrates a significant return on investment (ROI) from companies that have implemented ergonomics programs?”
Of course there are numerous places that one can find cost calculators and success stories, but one organization in particular stands above all others in terms of recognition and reputability. Always respected (and sometimes feared), the government organization, OSHA, has a few key articles on their website that demonstrate a clear correlation between ergonomics programs and reduced spending on musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) claims.
This article compiles numerous reports from well known corporations detailing the successful implementation of their ergonomics programs. Some notable cases included Goldkist Farms’ 80% reduction in MSD claims in a workforce of over 16,000 since the implementation of their ergonomics program. Meanwhile, Georgia Pacific Corporation reported a 50% reduction in claims while noting “greatly improved” employee morale.
OSHA provides another great tool with their injury cost estimator which can aid in illustrating potential losses to clients. Simply fill out the brief questionnaire and the calculator generates a detailed report of both direct and indirect costs that result from MSD claims.
Combined, these two tools can be used as a valuable resources of unbiased information that clearly demonstrate the benefits of ergonomics programs in the workplace.
It’s hard to find educated people on this subject, however, you sound like you know what you’re talking about!