Despite the massive rise in the use of machinery and robotic equipment in industry, there are still many jobs which are highly repetitive in nature and will require management to keep a close eye on the health and wellbeing of their employees.
Repetitive tasks can pose a risk to both the mental and physical health of a person. These tasks are not just something boring a worker has to do one day such as going through and checking off items on an itemised bill, but instead are tasks where they have to do the same thing hour after hour, day after day and week after week.
As far as a worker's physical health is concerned, doing the same movements over such long periods of time can lead to conditions such as tendinitis, peritendinitis and carpel tunnel syndrome. If significant manual handling is involved in this work they can suffer other complaints including slipped discs and hernias. In this case health and safety training which includes a significant amount of manual handling training may be required.
It can often be overlooked by managers who just see a job that needs doing and assign a worker to do it, but the effect of repetitive tasks on an employee's mental condition can be severe. Just as stress can contribute towards mental health issues, extreme boredom through the endless repetition of a menial task can begin to adversely affect the mental state and wellbeing of an individual. It can also make them extremely demoralised, unhappy and desperate to leave the company which will result in recruitment costs and lost time as a new person is brought in and given all of the induction training necessary for a new starter.
The growing recognition of the effects that repetitive tasks can have on the health and welfare of workers, and ultimately the serious consequences and commonality of work-related mental conditions, has resulted in this whole subject area being given greater prominence on the syllabus of health and safety courses. These include the NEBOSH General Certificate, NEBOSH Diploma and NEBOSH Health and Wellbeing courses, not to mention those courses which are intended for managers like the 4-day IOSH Managing Safely course.
In order to combat and reduce the susceptibility and chances of a worker suffering a condition caused by repetitive tasks, steps can and should be taken which includes job rotation so that they have a change from doing the same thing all of the time, as well as performing risk assessments on their working area and ensuring that the ergonomics facilitate comfortable working over long periods of time. Managers also need to closely monitor workers who are engaged in repetitive tasks at work to try and prevent health issues occurring along with making sure that they take breaks when they are due.
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