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Industry Ergonomic Regulations to Keep Your Workers Safe

Industry Ergonomic Regulations to Keep Your Workers Safe

In many countries and regions around the world, there are health and safety organizations, like Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in North America, that provide regulations that give manufacturing plants guidelines to follow to ensure their workers remain healthy and safe with minimal risk of workplace injury. Many of these organizations will recommend minimum safety standards for companies to follow and deal primarily with operational techniques (i.e. lifting, carrying, and pushing). Some of these associations will also recommend maximum exertion forces, noise decibel levels and maximum weight someone should be allowed to carry. In the caster world, where transporting heavy loads can become a huge safety issue, these properly implemented regulations can prevent many worker injuries and save companies thousands of dollars in workplace injury costs.
Ask a Workplace Ergonomics Expert

Ask a Workplace Ergonomics Expert

Questions and Answers about Workplace Ergonomics and its Impact on Organizations Workplace ergonomics is the interaction of humans and the equipment they use in the workplace. It is crucial to consider workplace ergonomics when designing tasks and equipment to support safety and efficiency in the workplace. To get a better understanding of workplace ergonomics, we’ve put together some questions and answers for you about ergonomics and how it impacts organizations.
Effects of Extreme Temperatures and Environments on Caster Performance

Effects of Extreme Temperatures and Environments on Caster Performance

Casters are used on a variety of applications that range from rough terrain to debris ridden floors to ovens and freezers. Using the wrong caster for an application can seriously degrade the caster performance and, in extreme cases, may even cause injury to the user. Find out how high temperature and wet environments can impact the ideal performance of your casters.
Applied Ergonomics Conference 2016 Highlights – AEC 2016

Applied Ergonomics Conference 2016 Highlights – AEC 2016

The 2016 Applied Ergo show held Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando in March 2016 saw a record number of attendees. The venue provided a great atmosphere to network with some of the leading ergonomists, many of whom were looking for the latest products and services that center upon this unique field of study. The interest in ergonomics continues to grow with various studies and medical papers being written that support the need to focus on injury prevention and reducing workplace related fatigue. Darcor has contributed to these papers by developing The Guide to Workplace Ergonomics which covers a variety of areas to ensure employee health and safety, with specific focus on overexertion injuries that occur in the workplace. Some of the well-attended workshops and featured speakers at AEC 2016 included…
Toyota Production System (TPS) and its use in Non-Automotive Applications

Toyota Production System (TPS) and its use in Non-Automotive Applications

Toyota Production System (TPS) is a term that is most often associated with lean manufacturing in the automotive industry. From TPS is a set of principles and behaviours that contribute to two key areas: continuous improvement and respect for people.Like many management systems, TPS can be adapted and used successfully by non-automotive companies. As a Quality Manager, there are key aspects of the 14 principles that I rely on daily.
Darcor Casters Launches Customizable Ergonomic Medical Caster to Support Workplace Ergonomics in the Healthcare Industry

Darcor Casters Launches Customizable Ergonomic Medical Caster to Support Workplace Ergonomics in the Healthcare Industry

Workplace ergonomics leader, Darcor Casters and Wheels, is pleased to launch the dual wheel, modular APL series caster. This newly engineered ergonomic medical caster provides the capability of customizing many features, including a central lock braking system, stem and post mounts, and colour-matching covers to blend seamlessly on medical devices and medical equipment.
Applying Liberty Mutual Research to Reduce Risk of Workplace Overexertion Injuries

Applying Liberty Mutual Research to Reduce Risk of Workplace Overexertion Injuries

Most companies rely on the Liberty Mutual Tables to assess and improve their material handling tasks as they highlight specific areas in the material handling process that need to be redesigned to accomplish workplace ergonomic goals.
The Science of Caster Wheels and Impact on Workplace Ergonomics

The Science of Caster Wheels and Impact on Workplace Ergonomics

Designing and equipping carts for transporting heavy loads is a crucial area of focus as creating the best cart for the specific application can have a major impact on workplace ergonomics. Not only is the design of the structure of the cart important (e.g. handhold height/orientation/type, design, stability, size), but the casters used on the cart can have a significant effect as well. Combining the science of caster wheel radius and material can help you choose the optimum wheel design to meet your company’s ergonomic needs.
Discovery Science Features Darcor Casters on

Discovery Science Features Darcor Casters on “How It’s Made”

Discovery Science's "How It's Made" features Darcor Casters in a recent episode.The show is a documentary TV series showing how common, everyday items are manufactured. This episode describes how the size of the object being moved determines the size of the casters required to move it. Heavier items requires casters with larger, thicker wheels and sometimes multiple wheels to better distribute the weight. The episode also explains some of the different requirements for different environments. Watch it Now
5 Questions to Ask when Choosing a Caster

5 Questions to Ask when Choosing a Caster

Choosing the right caster will make the difference between a high maintenance caster that will require constant upkeep or frequent replacement and one that will require little to no upkeep because of its specific design and how it works for your environment. But not all casters are created equal and in order to get the most out of your ergonomic casters, there are many variables to consider. Here are some key questions to ask when choosing casters. Answering these 5 questions up front makes the decision of choosing a caster much easier and will reduce time and energy in the longer term.

Superior caster design to support workplace ergonomics.

Pushed, pulled or driven through your workplace, Darcor casters are also silent partners, dramatically reducing noise and noise-related injury as they improve mobility.

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