3M Poland Manufacturing: An Ergonomics Success Story
Authors: Marcin Szpaka, Tomasz Szpakb, Nancy L. Larsonc
Abstract: As a member of the European Union (EU), 3M Poland must comply with both Polish and EU law. The primary Polish Health and Safety law and EU norm (EN 614-1:2006+A1:2009 - This paper describes two successful ergonomics case studies from two 3M manufacturing locations in Poland. It describes the job assessment process, details job assessment results, describes solutions implemented, and provides information about cost and benefits realized. In this session, two case study projects, one from Janinów and the other from the Rabka site, will be presented. One of these projects (Janinów) won 3M’s internal Applied Ergonomics Innovation Awards (AEIA) in 2012, and the second from Rabka will be nominated for this same prize in 2013. The projects describe the application of the Ergonomics Risk Reduction Program, which improved workers’ quality of life, productivity, and product quality, as well.
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