Ergonomics – is a field of study that contributed to the understanding of work-related stress, anatomy, and physiology, biomechanics, psychology, anthropometrics, industrial design, and engineering. This field is aiming to make sure that tasks, equipment, information, and the environment will suit each worker and make their work productive.
The textile industry is seen as a generally safe place to work as compared to other industries, there aren't many serious accidents, but there are still a few hazards. The risks that arise in this field and the problems that workers face accumulate over time.
Factors such as high work pace, posture, vibration, repetition, force, excessive workload create higher rates of injury and overtime problems. The tendency to work in hunched positions, which is necessary to obtain maximum production and wages, creates strain injuries. All these factors show the importance of great ergonomics which could reduce fatigue, make the working environment safer, reduce labor and make the textile industry more productive and its products more sustainable and better quality.
Ergonomics importance and impact in the textile industry shows through fewer accidents, declining absences, and equal or even higher productivity. Good environmental design, good working conditions, personal protective equipment, ergonomically designed work systems, and ergonomic furniture, proper training lets textile industry workers make products in safe and healthy workplaces. It also reduces the risk of injuries and workers start to have better judgment, caution, and stability, which results in higher quality textile products that are sustainable and functional.
A notable success was seen in attempts to introduce ergonomic manufacturing tools and machinery, which didn't require an excessive amount of force to operate. Some tasks can be automated or redesigned to eliminate any injuries. Reports suggest that after a period of adjustment, many textile industry workers experienced a significantly decreased amount of musculoskeletal discomfort due to increased variety of movements and improved postures. It is known that workers need an ergonomically–friendly environment to do a quality job.
Cluster LATIA Export Development besides trying to create a sustainable and functional product line also tries to add ergonomics in the picture. Cluster is trying to make products in an ergonomic environment and show their importance to the industry. All of their products will be represented in different foreign countries.