Workplace Ergonomics

Designing Wheeled Equipment: Purchasing Considerations to Achieve Long-Term Ergonomic and Economic Success

Designing Wheeled Equipment: Purchasing Considerations to Achieve Long-Term Ergonomic and Economic Success

For organizations that rely heavily on wheeled equipment in their day-to-day operations, the purchasing department is tasked with making purchasing decisions that impact the design and handling of equipment. The purchasing department’s main goal is to minimize purchasing costs. This goal can be in direct opposition of other departmental goals. It’s important to remember that a solution that has a low up-front cost is not going to give the long-term, maintenance-free performance and ergonomic benefits of a higher quality, better engineered and therefore more expensive product.
Bariatric Care: Ergo-mobility Improves Quality of Life

Bariatric Care: Ergo-mobility Improves Quality of Life

By Wayne Hodgins | Workplace Ergonomics | January 17th, 2017 | Comments (0)
Bariatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the treatment, control and management of obese individuals. The bariatric industry has shown rapid and continued growth as the population gets physically bigger. As a result, ergonomic considerations come into play to support obese individual to maintain and improve quality of life. Supporting obese individuals in today’s society, whether through workplace ergonomics or bariatric healthcare solutions, requires specialized design considerations. Specialized caster and wheel technologies have been developed to provide much lower pushing forces and long term performance caster solutions for medical devices and medical equipment.
Workplace Ergonomics and Your Baby Boomer Workforce

Workplace Ergonomics and Your Baby Boomer Workforce

By Maureen Thorne | Workplace Ergonomics | December 2nd, 2016 | Comments (0)
Baby Boomers and Older Gen Xers make up a significant portion of today’s workforce. These groups have an abundance of expertise and knowledge that keeps businesses running at peak performance. The problem for organizations is that these older workers are going to be exiting the workforce, taking their knowledge with them – in particular, in the manufacturing industry; this is commonly known as “The Brain Drain”. The reality is that Baby Boomers and Older Gen Xers are “aging out” of the workforce. They may be experiencing physical limitations which lead them to get ready for retirement. As they retire, there will be a mass exodus of crucial business intelligence that goes with them.
ErgoExpo 2016 – What is the Darcor Team Looking Forward to?

ErgoExpo 2016 – What is the Darcor Team Looking Forward to?

The 2016 National Ergonomics Conference & ErgoExpo is right around the corner. The ErgoExpo is being held at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. As much as the Darcor team is looking forward to the bright lights and excitement of Vegas, we are even more excited about the speakers and sessions scheduled at the ErgoExpo this year. So, what looks new and exciting at the 2016 ErgoExpo? Here are a few things the Darcor team has identified as “don’t miss” this year:
Don't Wait for a Workplace Injury - Implement Proactive Ergonomics

Don’t Wait for a Workplace Injury – Implement Proactive Ergonomics

Employers worldwide are concerned for the safety and well-being of their employees. Unfortunately, most workplace ergonomics solutions are put into place too late – after employees have sustained workplace injuries. Organizations should be focusing on a proactive approach to combating workplace injuries vs. the reactive approach of trying to solve the problem after the fact.
Safety and the Entertainment Industry - Theatrical / Studio / Stage

Safety and the Entertainment Industry – Theatrical / Studio / Stage

By Maureen Thorne | Workplace Ergonomics | September 20th, 2016 | Comments (0)
Workers in a theatrical / stage / studio environment can be exposed to a number of hazards which can put them at risk of workplace injury or death. Workplace injuries can put the employer at risk of penalties, fines, insurance payouts and lawsuits. With so many moving pieces in a theatrical environment, there are many potential situations that can elevate risk. Find out more now...
Ergonomic Considerations in the Automotive Manufacturing Industry

Ergonomic Considerations in the Automotive Manufacturing Industry

The automotive industry is one of the biggest players in providing ergonomic mandates for their plant employees. Many automotive manufacturing companies use existing health and safety standards, such as OSHA, to develop their own set of guidelines. In an automotive plant, there are many tasks that require the right kind of posture or equipment to handle or transport product in order to keep employees safe and healthy.
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.

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