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n South African Journal of Industrial Engineering - Use of scientific ergonomic programmes to improve organisational performance

Volume 30 Number 3
  • ISSN : 1012-277X
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Abstract

The packaging industry is characterised by ineffective ergonomic programmes that are inadequately implemented, thus failing to yield benefits in an organisation’s overall performance. The aim of the study is to determine an effective scientific ergonomic programme to improve an organisation’s overall performance by aligning these programmes with its business strategy. A quantitative analysis was conducted at two sites of a liquid packaging company in South Africa using a sample of 70 participants from the production and engineering departments. It was found that several factors hindered the effective implementation of ergonomics in the packaging industry. These factors include awareness, human computer interaction, job task design, poor implementation of anthropometric and physiological factors, poor communication, and a disconnection between employees and organisational strategies. It was recommended that the organisation orientate and train employees on ergonomic best practices to create an effective programme to address the operational gaps and enhance the organisation’s overall performance.

Die verpakkingsindustrie word gekenmerk deur oneffektiewe ergonomie programme wat swak implementeer word. Dit bied dus nie tasbare voordele in ʼn organisasie se algehele vertoning nie. Die doel van hierdie studie is om ʼn wetenskaplik gefundeerde ergonomie program te formuleer wat belyn is met die maatskappy se besigheid-strategie om sodoende ʼn verbetering in die maatskappy se algehele doeltreffendheid te behaal. ʼn Kwantitatiewe analise is by twee vloeistofverpakkingsaanlegte in Suid-Afrika van stapel gestuur met ʼn proefsteek van 70 deelnemers van die produksie en ingenieurswese afdelings. Daar is gevind dat verskeie faktore die doeltreffende implementering van ergonomie verhinder. Hierdie faktore sluit in bewustheid, mens-rekenaar interaksie, werksopdrag ontwerp, swak implementering van antropometriese en fisiologiese faktore, swak kommunikasie en swak belyning tussen werknemers en organisatoriese strategieë. Die aanbeveling is dat die organisasie sy werknemers beter inlig en oplei aan die hand van beste praktyke met betrekking tot ergonomie om ʼn doeltreffende program wat hierdie tekortkominge aanspreek te skep.

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