ErgoPar - a participatory ergonomics approach to preventing risks in the workplace
This case study outlines ErgoPar (Ergonomía participativa), a participatory ergonomics approach developed in Spain. The key feature of ErgoPar is that it should involve all company stakeholders, such as top and middle management, different groups of workers and safety experts in identifying work-related risks, problem-solving and decision-making. Some of the key steps include carrying out interviews, filling in questionnaires, establishing an Ergo Group, consulting safety representatives and setting up worker health circles at workstations.
ErgoPar fosters a company prevention culture by strengthening communication among all stakeholders, increasing awareness and giving workers control of their own safety and health. It enables the company to use its own resources to establish a long-term prevention approach without the need for external agencies.