Manufacturing

A number of issues are common in the manufacturing sector: manual handling operations are prevalent; operators often use machinery for long periods, performing repetitve tasks; and working environments can be noisy and potentially dangerous. Adressing these Human Factors obviously helps improve the health and safety of the workforce. What is less well known, however, is that applying Human Factors can also improve production line productivity. We provide:

Manual Handling Assessment: More than a quarter of the accidents reported each year to the UK Health & Safety Executive are associated with manual handling. It is accepted that there will always be risks involved with the manual handling of goods, products and equipment, but there are also ways to mitigate these risks.

Workspace Assessments: Working environments and workspaces need to be assessed to ensure the health, safety and efficiency of those who work in them.

Software tools: We have a number of software tools that help analyse work environments and tasks, from manual handling and posture to complex analysis of workspace lauouts and communications.

Training: Our Introduction to Human Factors and Manual Handling courses are particularly relevant for manufacturers - see our Training page.

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Some of our projects:

  • Assessment of a furniture upholstering plant
  • Assessment and remediation of manual handling risks in a valve actuator factory
  • Workspace design for Royal Mail's bureau de change facility
  • Review of a parcel sorting depot
  • Evaluation of pharmaceutical production unit
  • Assessment of soft drinks plant

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