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Suokko T., Reiman A. (2021) Ergonomics is Profitable – Experiences from a Holistic Manufacturing Plant Level Development Process. In: Black N.L., Neumann W.P., Noy I. (eds) Proceedings of the 21st Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2021). IEA 2021. Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems, vol 221. Springer, Cham.

Ergonomics is profitable : experiences from a holistic manufacturing plant level development process

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Author: Suokko, Teemu1,2; Reiman, Arto3
Organizations: 1MSK Group Oy, Kauhava, Finland
2School of Medicine, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland
3Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2021
Publish Date: 2022-05-18


In industry, to enhance the operating conditions of companies, development measures are required for work, work environment, technologies and products. Development of the work affects the quality of working life, which is one of the factors that make it possible to experience well-being at work. The goal of ergonomics is to organize the work and the working environment so that the changes benefit both the company and its staff. Thus, it is important to look at ergonomic work and work-environment development at the same time as productivity and well-being at work. This study examines an ergonomics development process in one manufacturing plant in Finland. The aim of this process was to improve productivity and promote well-being at work by improving production capacity, reducing non-productive work, and optimizing material flows. The project was facilitated through a participatory ergonomics process. As a result of the process, the plant’s total productivity increased by 5 percent, meaning an annual increase of 250 products in manufacturing capacity. The process also contributed significantly to health and safety, with decreased sick leave and occupational accidents and with increased perceptions of well-being at work. The company’s total cost saving in two years was €210,700.

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Series: Lecture notes in networks and systems
ISSN: 2367-3370
ISSN-E: 2367-3389
ISSN-L: 2367-3370
Volume: 221
Pages: 89 - 95
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-74608-7_12
Host publication: Proceedings of the 21st Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2021) : Volume III: Sector Based Ergonomic
Host publication editor: Black, Nancy L.
Neumann, W. Patrick
Noy, Ian
Conference: Congress of the International Ergonomics Association
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
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