Global ergonomics process

At Goodyear, we recognize the importance of a formal ergonomics process in reducing injuries and maximizing workplace performance. With the goal of reducing the number and severity of workplace-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs), our process works to reduce repetitive motions, awkward postures, vibration, contact stress, and the use of excess force.

Every manufacturing facility has an ergonomics team in place, with each member trained in Goodyear’s six-step ergonomics problem-solving process. The team members conduct job-hazard analyses, respond to any reports of WMSDs, and work to identify risk factors. Every associate is expected to report any signs or symptoms of a WMSD as early as possible.

The ergonomics team at Goodyear’s plant in Fayetteville, North Carolina, devised a very engaging and effective tool for developing solutions to some of the most common injuries. Their Ergonomic Sandbox allows associates to learn the proper techniques for safe movement through a hands-on training environment. Associates also have the opportunity to apply their best thinking to machine design—discovering ways to operate the machines in a more ergo-friendly way. The results have been impressive, and the plant has seen a significant reduction in the most common on-the-job injuries. The fundamentals of the Sandbox were adopted as a best practice and shared with manufacturing facilities worldwide.

Annual Ergonomic Challenge trophy

Each year, Goodyear holds its annual Ergonomic Challenge contest that recognizes and rewards the creative, sustainable and high-impact solutions that address ergonomic issues throughout the workplace. With the contest open to all facilities, 68 entries were received and scored by region in 2016. The overall highest scoring entry came from Goodyear’s Aurangabad, India, plant, which received the 2016 Chairman’s Award for the team’s mechanical press platen project. By motorizing the adjusting process of the plant, all push/pull forces associated with its manual operation were eliminated.