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Ergonomics is designing a job to fit the worker so the work is safer and more efficient. Implementing ergonomic
solutions can make employees more comfortable and increase productivity.
Ergonomics is important because when you’re doing a job and your body is stressed by an awkward posture, extreme temperature, or repeated movement your musculoskeletal system is affected. Your body may begin to have symptoms such as fatigue, discomfort, and pain, which can be the first signs of a musculoskeletal disorder.
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are conditions that affect your body’s muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. MSDs can develop over time or can occur immediately due to overload.
1. Increased savings
2. Fewer employees experiencing pain • Implementing ergonomic improvements can reduce the risk factors that lead to discomfort.
3. Increased productivity • Ergonomic improvements can reduce the primary risk factors for MSDs, so workers are more efficient, productive, and have greater job satisfaction.
4. Increased morale • Attention to ergonomics can make employees feel valued because they know their employer is making their workplace safer.
5. Reduced absenteeism • Ergonomics leads to healthy and pain-free workers who are more likely to be engaged and productive.
As workers' compensation costs continue to rise and change in the ACA, the interest in ergonomics has increased. Ergonomics decreases workplace injuries by adapting workstations or working conditions to suit the worker. If you have a worker who sustains a low back strain, the employer will pay on average $12,000 for the direct costs of this claim. ECI can help you to strategize to develop an action plan to completely eliminate these problems. In regards to ergonomic evaluations, many ergonomic risks and hazards can be reduced for under $100.00 or less.
Maintaining a healthier, more productive workforce is the result of a successful ergonomic intervention. Onsite Injury Prevention combined with Ergonomic Programs allows us to help our client companies manage the ever-changing occupational health needs of their organizations by preventing and/or reducing ergonomic risk factors. ECI provides a walk-through, job site analysis, job coaching, educational classes, post-offer functional screens, job description assistance and ergonomic consultations to assist with these problems.
The following links are helpful resources for Ergonomics.
www.juststand.org - Ergotron
www.ergo.human.cornell.edu - CORNELL UNIVERSITY: Office Ergonomics
Healthy Computing - Helping you work safely with your computer
CTS Place - A comprehensive resource on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
OSHA - Occupational Safety & Health AdministrationOSHA Work Process - Details possible hazards and solutions related to incorrect computer and workstations.
Alimed - www.ALIMED.com - ALIMED Vendor for Ergonomic Office and Industrial Products
FES - Human Factors and Ergonomics Society