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'The Ergonomic Journey'

Where Does Ergonomics Fit Into Risk Management?

Written by Deborah Read and Tonya LaFranchi. 

Adapted from a lecture by Matt Saxon, Risk Manager at REI.

Risk Management is traditionally used to avoid costly liabilities associated with Hazard Risk, Operational Risk, Strategic Risk, and Financial risk.  And in this model, Ergonomics is housed in the ‘Hazard Risk’ bucket, and only that bucket, because these Risk categories are siloed in function and analysis.  

Risk categories

This Risk Management model creates the myth that ergonomic interventions and processes a) should only be utilized retro-actively after-the-fact, and b) they COST money.