Sunday, December 17, 2006

Ergonomics exported to India

One persons experience in setting-up an ergonomics business in India ...

"A year ago Sue Patenaude would have laughed if anyone told her she would be doing business in India.

... Before she went, Patenaude still wondered how she would be able to consult on ergonomics with Indian companies from the United States.

"I imagined that I might need to come up with a whole new model," Patenaude said.

But once she arrived in India and met with interested Indian companies in Mumbai, she realized her training tools and Web-based model would work well for an overseas partnership.

Patenaude is now talking with five of the business owners she met in Mumbai about working together to make the Indian work places more ergonomic. A challenge in India to preventing work place injuries is that the country does not have a system of worker's compensation. Medical costs also vary drastically from region to region, and many residents have no medical insurance at all.

"Productivity is the focus," Patenaude said, rather than medical benefits. "It's not about lower medical costs. It's about lowering absenteeism and employee turnover. It's about quality of work."    (Continued via The Pinnacle)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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Anonymous Dr.Rao said...

i am an ergonomic consultant working in india. i appreciate her afforts to make workplace in india more productive & safer.

we are always here to support you.

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