chapter  4
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Cost Justification for Implementing Ergonomics Intervention

Ergonomists and finance managers bring to health, safety and production problems different assump-

tions about what is acceptable. For instance, from a health and safety point of view it is not considered

acceptable to have dusty, dirty and unsafe working conditions. However, from the point of view of an

economic rationalist dusty, dirty and unsafe working conditions can be totally acceptable on the basis

that (a) someone has to do the work and (b) the worker has agreed to work under these conditions

for the wages paid. Accounting systems that underlie enterprise financial structures are based on this

economic premise.