Reducing hazards at Red Cross
In 2016 the Australian Red Cross Blood Service introduced a nationwide programme to tackle hazardous manual tasks in both their processing centres and their donor centres.
Identifying and controlling the risks
Productivity Matters were engaged in Victoria and New South Wales in both the Processing facilities and Blood Donor Centres over a 6-month basis to engage and identify hazardous manual tasks and collaborate with Australian Red Cross Blood Service Managers and Employees to come up with controls or solutions that would assist in reducing the risks these proposed.
Reduced employees on modified duties
A key outcome of our ergonomists involvement was the establishment of a new job rotation guideline for supervisors and staff of the processing facility that saw a 75% reduction in employees on modified duties. Employees also reported reduced overall discomfort levels because of the job rotation changes.