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GARCIA, Ana M.; SEVILLA, María José; GADEA, Rafael and CASAN, Consuelo. A participatory ergonomics program in a chemical company. Gac Sanit [online]. 2012, vol.26, n.4, pp. 383-386. ISSN 0213-9111. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gaceta.2011.12.010.
We describe a participatory ergonomics program that started in April 2010 in a chemical company located in the autonomous region of Valencia, Spain. The program was introduced in the company, the intervention level was agreed (two working lines, 24 workers) and a working group was established (Ergo Group, including managers, technicians and safety representatives in the company) with the aim of leading the intervention. A questionnaire was applied to collect information on ergonomic injuries and exposures in workers at the selected working lines. This information was analyzed by the Ergo Group and was later discussed at prevention circles with the direct participation of affected workers. When the present article was being drafted, 16 improvements to working conditions had already been proposed. Some of these improvements had been implemented and, in the opinion of some of the participants, were effective. To develop this kind of program, which could benefit a substantial number of workers in Spain, a firm commitment to prevention by companies is required.
Keywords : Occupational health; Musculoskeletal disorders; Ergonomics; Participation; Primary prevention.