The Must-Have Workplace Safety & Ergonomics Resource

The 2015-2016 AliMed Ergonomics Catalog is here, and full of a broad range of ergonomic solutions to meet your workplace needs. If you haven’t already received your copy, be sure to request one at AliMed.com!

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Introducing the EZ Dump SmartCanMax

Check out one of our newest products for Spring 2015: The SmartCanMax from EZ Dump. Truly an innovative ergonomic solution!

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PPE: Head to Toe Protection

shutterstock_182837804By understanding the strength and movement capabilities, and the physical limits of employees on the shop floor, forward-thinking organizations can implement safety and ergonomic solutions that help reduce employee exposure to work-related risks.

This includes providing workers with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), modifying existing equipment, improving work practices, and implementing new tools and devices that support both the worker and product throughput. Providing workers with ergonomics increases business profits through reduced injuries, improved product quality, reduced turnover and increased worker job satisfaction and engagement.

PPE Essentials Head to Toe

In terms of foundational ergonomics for industrial and manufacturing settings, OSHA recommends PPE as an essential component to reducing employee exposure to a wide-range of ergonomic-related risk factors. After all, your employees are your most valuable resource and PPE can protect them from musculoskeletal and other exposure injuries. AliMed’s full line catalog provides, one stop, head to toe protection for your organization.

PPE Checklist:

 Eye protection

 Hearing protection

 Gloves

 Safety Shoes

 Cooling Headgear and Vests

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Upcoming Webinar: 5 Ways to Get Buy-In for Ergonomics

5_Ways_to_Get_Buy-In_for_Your_Ergonomics_Process_Header_SMALLEfforts to get buy-in for ergonomics initiatives often fall short for a variety of reasons, including poor presentation of the opportunity, no clear deployment strategy, and little or no effort to monitor and adjust the process as needed. The good news is that all of these can, and should, fall under your control – but you’ll need to right tools and strategy to achieve success.

Join James Mallon, CPE and Walt Rostykus, CPE, both of Humantech, on Wednesday, March 25th at 2:00pm Eastern for a free, one-hour webinar that will outline essential steps to help you establish a sustainable ergonomics process that achieves buy-in at all levels of an organization. The content will focus on successfully presenting the business case for ergonomics, including:

• Overcoming common challenges to ergonomics process buy-in

• Ensuring stakeholder support

• Creating an effective, sustainable ergonomics process

Attendees who will benefit from this webinar include health and safety professionals, ergonomics team members, plant engineers, facilities professionals, managers, and directors.

Learn more and sign up here

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Ergonomics: Benefits Beyond Injury Reduction

couple-at-computerErgonomics encompasses more than just worker safety. In fact, the science of ergonomics goes beyond adjusting workstation components to better fit the user, and also plays a vital role in organization-wide transformation initiatives.

Leading ergonomists are encouraging businesses to recognize the role ergonomics plays as part of larger process improvement efforts at the organization.

In the March/April issue of Healthy Business Journal, Matthew Jaszkowiak, CPE, stated:

“A more modern approach to ergonomics that has shown significant injury reduction and return on investment begins with changing the way business looks at ergonomic issues altogether.” Jaszkowiak adds, “Rather than trying to identify ergonomic or safety problems that need to be fixed, forward-thinking companies have begun to look at business processes and how those processes can be improved through ergonomics to make it easier to perform the work required, thereby improving efficiency.”

Beyond injury reduction/prevention, ergonomic processes can have the following positive impacts at the organizational level:

  • Improved worker morale
  • Increased job satisfaction
  • Successful and efficient task accomplishment by employees
  • Increasing an organization’s overall productivity and profitability.
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Ergonomics and Safety: A Winning Partnership

Ergonomics and Safety are two distinct human factors sciences. However, when the two are paired as part of a productivity improvement effort, they complement injury prevention strategies, improve systems & product design, and improve overall worker safety.

More Than Injury Prevention

Ergonomics involves more than helping to keep workers injury free. In fact, ergonomics as part of worker safety strategy goes beyond simply adjusting workstation components to better fit the user, and also plays a vital role in:

  • Improving worker morale
  • Increasing job satisfaction
  • Successful and efficient task accomplishment
  • Positively impacting an organization’s overall productivity and profitability.

Ensuring that your facilities, offices and staff are supported and equipped with the right ergonomic components is an essential part of business today. Maintaining a safe, ergonomic workspace differentiates your organization from the competition and helps attract and retain a productive workforce.

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Essential Ergonomic Solutions for Any Workplace

When it comes to ergonomics, we often talk about challenges pertaining to workers in traditional office settings. However, staff in manufacturing facilities and healthcare settings, for example, deal with many of the same issues and challenges found in these workplaces. Multi-tasking while combining periods of physical work with periods of computer work is often the norm for these workers. Fortunately, ergonomics can play an invaluable role in keeping them healthy and productive at work.

Start with These Ergonomic Essentials

Supporting a productive, injury-free staff in any facility means equipping them with ergonomic tools that are adjustable and designed to accommodate the wide range of body sizes and shapes. As a start, ergonomists recommend equipping your industrial and healthcare staff with the following ergonomic solutions:

 Stools and Seating 
Durability, support, mobility, and maximum adjustability are required to accommodate staff of varying heights and weight

 Height Adjustable Desks and Workstations
Accommodates staff of all heights and allows for seated work option too

 Monitor Arms and Monitor Risers 
Allow for easy adjustability for each worker, helping to reduce eye and neck strain

 Keyboards and Keyboard Support Systems 
Ergonomic keyboard/keyboard trays adjustable to the correct height for each worker help keep wrists straight and elbows open slightly beyond 90 degrees, whether sitting or standing

 Task Lighting 
Accurately reading reports and other paper documents requires optimum task-specific light without the glare and reflection caused by overhead lighting schemes

 Anti-Fatigue Matting 
Reduces standing fatigue, improves productivity, and helps prevent slips and falls.

Learn more about these and all other industrial and healthcare ergonomic solutions here

 

 

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Need Ergonomic Gift Ideas?

Shop now and get up to 40% off these stocking stuffers and gifts for all your staff from AliMed!

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Ergo Essentials: Proper Office Lighting

For decades, office lighting schemes were designed around the belief that more light would lead to better visual performance—the brighter, the better—and to a more productive workforce. Turns out the only measurable results from an over-lit workplace are increased energy costs and a variety of ergonomic and human factors issues—including eyestrain and headaches which ultimately have a negative impact on worker productivity. This condition is known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)—something OSHA says affects up to 90 percent of office workers.

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Key issues faced by today’s architects, designers, facilities managers, and ergonomists include supporting the unique lighting requirements of different tasks and facilitating the varying lighting needs of different-aged workers.

The good news is that advances in technology and workspace design are changing the rules and practice of office lighting, and today there are smarter solutions available for lighting a healthier, more comfortable, and more productive workplace. In fact, one study from the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lighting Quality and Office Work, highlights the relationship between office lighting and worker productivity, suggesting that appropriate task visibility is the aspect of lighting that directly affects performance.

78332_d_280x280The Solution? Task-Specific Lighting

Ergonomists tell us that it is best to view computer monitors in dim settings–less ambient light is needed overhead because the monitors emit light.

However, tasks such as reading paper documents require more task-specific lighting that allows for clear viewing without the glare and reflection caused by overlit ambient lighting schemes.

Which Task Light is Right For You?

With so many types of task lights available today, it can be a challenge to know what to look for when making a purchase.

The first feature to look for in a task light is to ensure that it casts the appropriate amount of glare-free light on a work surface. Second, look for lights that are easy to reposition for varied desktop tasks. Third, keep in mind that compact fluorescents and LED lights with electronic ballasts provide a “cool” light source and cost-savings due to their reduced energy usage. Cool lighting is best used for visual tasks, such as reading a document, because it produces higher contrast.

Learn more and see our task lighting solutions here!

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Are you ready for Ergo Expo 2014?

The 2014 Ergo Expo – the largest ergonomics event in the nation – will be held next month at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. Ergo Expo kicks off with conferences and the opening night reception Tuesday December 2rd, and then the expo, which runs Wednesday December 3rd through Thursday afternoon December 4th.

Come See AliMed at booth #211

AliMed, a leading sponsor of the Ergo Expo, will be at booth #211 to showcase all the latest ergonomic products, including office and industrial solutions, healthcare ergonomic products, and tools for the aging population. Plus, if you’re feeling some Vegas luck, we’ll be giving away a new iPad mini and much more!

Hope to see you in Vegas!

http://www.ergoexpo.com/

 

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