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Ergonomics for Apparel Workers

Displaying educational posters is a powerful way to educate workers. It is very effective because they are easy to make, deliver a consistent message, and use pictures which are a strong form of communication targeting specific behavior. Examples which have been used in other garment factories include posters on lifting postures, proper mask wearing, and reproductive health.

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“Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of the interactions among human and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data, and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.”

International Ergonomics Association Executive Council, August 2000

Good practices for store organization

  • Lifting TechniquesUse posters to address specific problems or concerns. For example, posters can remind workers to dispose of fabric in rubbish bins or how to use proper lifting postures.
  • Use posters to change (or reinforce) desired behaviors using local examples.
  • Display posters where they will be useful and are easy to see.
  • Posters relating to specific jobs should be near relevant workstations.
  • Posters relating to general factory behaviors should be located in more centralized areas.
  • Posters work best when they are part of a more comprehensive training program that includes training, information sessions, exercises, etc.

Benefits of good Store Organisation

Communicating Posters

  • Posters that promote safety and reinforce important skills will present a positive image of the workplace.
  • Demonstrates to workers and buyers that the company cares about the welfare of its staff.
  • Easily, cheaply and consistently communicates simple messages about jobs.

How to achieve good Store organization?

  • Create your own posters. Draw pictures or have workers’ photographs taken and add text.
  • Use posters to communicate simple points in order to make the message clear and direct.
  • Download free posters or images from the internet and add in text.
  • Make posters for specific work procedures, such as the information offered on the Good Practice Sheets.