TITLE

A LEAN LOOK AT ERGONOMICS

AUTHOR(S)
KESTER, JACK
PUB. DATE
March 2013
SOURCE
Industrial Engineer: IE;Mar2013, Vol. 45 Issue 3, p28
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses how healthier continuous improvement processes can limit musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The author notes the replacement of mass production with lean manufacturing in almost half of all U.S. manufacturing companies, adding that lean manufacturing has benefited employers by improving operating efficiencies and retaining manufacturing jobs in the U.S. He adds that for many of these employers, workers' compensation costs have gone up after implementing lean manufacturing concepts, citing several cases of increased MSD rates among employees. Topics include seven key areas of waste that lean processes target, the benefits of integrating ergonomics into lean processes, and factors to consider when integrating ergonomics into a lean process. INSET: NOT SO PHABULOUS.
ACCESSION #
85722248

 

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