The IWS Systems Approach

IWS employs experienced, degreed professionals to assist your
facility with its ergonomic support needs.

The IWS team can be involved with examining your entire facility,
or focus on one operation, process, or type of equipment.

At either level, the IWS integrated systems approach to
providing ergonomic solutions involves:


To establish your workplace requirements, IWS begins by examining
your entire facility and then prioritizing those areas which will benefit
most from ergonomic intervention.

We analyze jobs and the tasks that contribute to them;
examine the equipment needed to perform the jobs;
and assess the environment in which the jobs take place.

Job analysis

Productivity and safety are primary concerns related to the jobs
your employees perform. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, back and
torso disorders are repetitive motion injuries. They often result
from the tasks that contribute to a job function.

The IWS team analyzes the elemental tasks that make up a job,
including hand tools, materials, products handled, and processes.

Equipment evaluation

Minimizing worker injuries requires careful planning.
The IWS team examines new and existing equipment to determine
ergonomic correctness. This analysis includes an examination of the
design of warnings and machine guarding, review of operation,
maintenance and training.

Environmental Assessment

Many jobs require high physical demands, and it is essential
to have the environment of your employees support these demands.
Inadequate lighting, high noise levels, and extreme temperatures
can have subtle, yet distinctly negative, effects on productivity.

IWS examines these and other factors to determine the best
possible conditions under which workers should perform their jobs.


When your assessment has been completed, the IWS team makes
specific recommendations regarding ergonomic interventions
that will yield the highest rate of return on investment.

Focus is on recommendations which will lead to substantial
improvements in safety and productivity.

Examples of recommendations which may result from the assessment are:


IWS is prepared to provide continued support to your organization
throughout the implementation of ergonomic interventions.

Our level of involvement is designed to meet your specific need,
while increasing your self-sufficiency.

We can work collaboratively with engineering or training personnel,
or as consultants on an as-needed basis.

Whichever you choose, the results can be bottom-line qualified.


IWS encourages clients to monitor and document their success.

However, IWS will perform client follow-up to ensure that their ergonomic
concerns have been resolved and their needs have been met.