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Reducing the strain on the musculoskeletal system of employees is one of the tasks facing the Social Insurance Institution. Through funding safety improvement projects, the Social Insurance Institution raises awareness of accident prevention in companies. An example of such activities is accident prevention in the scope of reducing musculoskeletal disorders. The assessment of the musculoskeletal system load should be carried out using a recognized method of load assessment, and one of the recognized methods is the OWAS method.
The analysis of the load serves to assess the magnitude of static load at workstations. It allows for the classification of positions of the back, arms, and legs, as well as the value of external load. It is a widely used system for identifying and evaluating the posture of the entire human body during work.
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OCCUPATIONAL MUSCULOSKELETAL STRAIN ASSESSMENT – A FEW WORDS OF EXPLANATION
In everyday life, people often do not realize that their musculoskeletal system is constantly being put to the test. This is particularly crucial in the work environment, where daily tasks can lead to continuous strain, potentially resulting in health issues over time. At stake are high stakes: from the comfort and productivity of employees to overall workplace safety and health protection. Meanwhile, the OWAS method (Ovako Working Posture Analyzing System) is a tool that can help companies understand and manage this risk. Our company, EHS Consulting, specializes in using the OWAS method to assess the musculoskeletal system’s strain.
WHAT IS THE OWAS METHOD?
Working with the OWAS method involves more than just assessing posture. It is a process that engages both science and practical knowledge to understand how work can affect the musculoskeletal system of employees. OWAS is a system that takes into account various aspects of work, such as:
- body positions,
- tasks performed,
- tools and equipment used during work.
The underlying principles of this method are simple—OWAS assumes that each body position during work affects the strain on the musculoskeletal system. By changing these positions, we can reduce strain and potential health problems. EHS Consulting is a team of specialists who help companies understand how these principles can be applied in practice.
HOW DOES THE OWAS METHOD ENABLE MUSCULOSKELETAL STRAIN ASSESSMENT?
OWAS is an assessment system that uses a series of codes to represent different body positions. Each position is then assessed for potential risk of musculoskeletal strain. For example, a person sitting in a chair for many hours may not be aware that their body position can lead to muscle and joint strain. The OWAS method allows for the identification and assessment of such positions, drawing attention to potential issues that may arise.
With the help of the OWAS method, EHS Consulting can conduct detailed workplace assessments, helping companies understand where and how problems may occur. This is important because it allows the implementation of solutions that can help minimize strain on the musculoskeletal system of employees – take advantage of professional OHS services.
IMPACT OF THE OWAS METHOD ON SAFETY
Safety and health in the workplace are crucial aspects of any company’s operation. The OWAS method of occupational risk assessment is used to identify occupational risk resulting from strain on the musculoskeletal system. This can include everything from back pain to more serious problems, such as chronic muscle and joint conditions.
It is worth noting that occupational risk assessment using the OWAS method not only helps companies identify potential issues but also facilitates the development of risk management strategies. The result? Workplace safety can be increased, and employees can feel comfortable performing their duties.
MUSCULOSKELETAL STRAIN ASSESSMENT IN WARSAW WITH EHS CONSULTING
Despite its scientific foundation, the OWAS method is not complicated to use. In practice, it involves observing employees during their daily tasks, recording their body positions, and assessing potential strain on the musculoskeletal system. When possible, these observations are complemented by conversations with employees, helping understand their experiences and perceptions. This allows for a more comprehensive understanding of the situation and the identification of potential areas that may require attention and modification.
At EHS Consulting, we have a team of specialists with experience in applying the OWAS method and conducting mandatory OHS training in Warsaw. Our goal is to create a safe and healthy work environment that translates into benefits for both employees and the organization.