What do high insurance premiums, workers compensation claims, the loss of a trained employee, the training of a new one, and damage to your equipment have in common? They’re all caused by workplace injuries, which can be extremely costly to employers.
OSHA’s $afety Pays Program
To help employers calculate just how high this cost can rise, OSHA’s $afety Pays Program offers this helpful calculator, which estimates not only obvious direct costs but indirect costs as well. The calculator can also help you determine how many sales you’d have to win to make up for those costs, based on your profit margin.
Once you’ve calculated this (likely high) cost to your business, you might want to take a look at OSHA’s extensive computer workstation ergonomic checklist. Here you’ll find a range of helpful suggestions. Suggestions like the exact distance every worker’s computer screen should be from their bodies; the height, length and depth of an ideal seat; and the ideal design for an ergonomic keyboard and other adjustable equipment, which can be fitted to each individual’s body. On that same page, you’ll also find a purchasing guide. It will help you in your search for the most ideal equipment.
Together, these checklists are crucial for stopping injuries before they even have a chance to develop. This will help not just in keeping employees happy and healthy, but also in increasing your company’s productivity rates. After all, comfortable employees have more mental energy to devote to productivity and innovation.
To really bring your office up to ergonomic speed, you might want to consider bringing in an ergonomist or even an OSHA employee for an on-site consultation. There’s a lot to consider, and having a professional will ensure you don’t miss a thing. Overall, it’s important to remember that when you have a preventative approach, OSHA is on your side.