I am a Supervisor
Supervisors are valued partners in ensuring employees can safely and comfortably perform their work.
You have the opportunities to interact with employees and shape the labs safety culture in positive ways.
As a new supervisor, we want you to know you have many ergonomic-related resources that can assist you and your staff in doing or supporting great science . It is important to note that ergonomics is NOT just for office work. It is especially important to integrate ergonomics into safe lab work, material handling tasks, as well as ensuring designs, usability and planning projects are 'human' centered.
We have found that proactive supervisor support and preventative interventions are key to preventing ergonomic-related injuries.
Here are some things to get you started.
Three Simple Questions You Can Ask
Video Message from EHS Ergo Team
Whether you supervise employees who work in labs, do material handling or work in office it is important for you have regular conversations with your staff about their safety and comfort. Here are three questions you can ask employees during your 1:1 meetings.
Things You Can Do
Request Ergo Evaluation
You can view and request an ergo evaluation for your employees for any/all of their work areas. An ergonomics evaluation is when an Ergo Advocate or EHS Ergo Team member partners with employees 1:1 to help them optimize the safety and comfort of their work areas.
Inquire about comfort and safety
Promote Safety Culture
Talk about Ergonomics
There are One Minute for Safety slides on various topics; including ergonomics that you can use to facilitate discussions during meetings. The EHS Ergo Team is always available to join meetings to provide customized and relevant discussions on ergonomic-related topics.