Since 2015, ergonomists are consulted at the start of each engineering project at BASF. This makes more sense than scheduling an overview of critical ergonomic issues at the end of a project, as it avoids any need to correct the design of an installation, office or other project after completion. The company works to avoid the need for corrective ergonomics as much as possible, preferring to look forward and work proactively.
To give just one example: in 2016, a project was rolled out to make adjustments to a tank. From the beginning, factors such as accessibility, the width of passages, the minimum required working area during maintenance work, the accessibility of controls, etc. were all taken into account. If this had not been done, adjustments to the installation (including new scaffolding) would have been required after completion or when the first problems occurred. The avoidable technical cost was estimated at €158,000 (not including the potential costs of temporary loss of production and staff absenteeism). Result: less costs, less incidents.