Ergonomic workplace design
Healthy working through workplace optimization towards an ergonomic workplace - Ergonomics at logistics and standing workstations.
The logistics sector is particularly characterized by high physical strain and advancing time-based competition. As a result, work steps have to be carried out faster and faster, which constantly increases the pressure on employees to perform. However, human powers are limited, so physical limits are quickly reached and exceeded.
This quickly leads to illness-related absences due to excessive physical strain. In addition, driven by demographic change, companies have a social responsibility to pay more attention to ergonomics and workplace design.
Jobs in intra logistics are not very attractive due to the combination of physical strain, dynamic movement and usually lower wages. This makes it even more difficult to find young workers. This means that logistics companies are dependent on their long-standing and mostly older employees.
This situation makes the discussion in logistics companies on the subject of age-appropriate workplaces and occupational health and safety necessary. However, since in intra logistics no two systems are alike, there is no general solution for companies.
We support you in the development of concepts tailored to your company, ergonomic workplace design and optimization, the introduction of ergonomically optimal workplaces and the training of your employees.
In addition to our professional experience, we carry out studies and research work to be able to advise you well on the future topic of “ergonomics”.
IWL is a pioneer and research partner for ergonomics in the logistics workplace!
In addition to our professional experience, we carry out studies and research work in order to be able to advise you well on the future topic of “workplace ergonomics”.
IWL AG is a partner in the research project “PREVILOG” of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, which deals with the “Preventive principles and methods of age- and market-oriented work system design in intra logistics”. Here we work closely with the Fraunhofer Institute IAO in Stuttgart.
During the cooperation with the IAO, an action guideline for the preventive design of work systems and workplaces in intra logistics and a planning guideline for the preventive design of work systems in intra logistics were developed. The action guideline contains above all measures which can be taken in order to design existing workplaces ergonomically. The planning guide, on the other hand, deals with the planning of a logistics center including ergonomic measures right from the start. Both guides have been or will be published by the Fraunhofer Institute.
The ergonomic workplace – your benefits at a glance:
In order to work healthily at an ergonomic workplace, the following points must be considered:
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Your benefit – a profitability analysis
The introduction of various measures for age-appropriate jobs can bring both tangible and intangible benefits. Material benefits are achieved by increasing productivity, decreasing employee turnover and/or reducing sick days. Intangible benefits include improvements in working conditions and/or safety at work and the company’s image, which can be useful in recruiting employees. On the other side are initial investment costs.
In order to demonstrate the added value of individual measures for a cost-benefit comparison, exposure profiles are compiled before and after a possible introduction. In this way, it can be shown which load reduction can be achieved.
In addition to the purely economic aspects, competitive advantages and distinguishing features can be achieved by age-appropriate work design. If one considers in this context the change in young people’s demands and expectations of companies, physically demanding jobs can become more attractive through stress-reducing measures.