Ergonomics is a newer science born out of a mix of old established sciences - work physiology, anthropometry, applied psychology and engineering.
The primary objective of ergonomics is to assess the work environment to ensure that the human physical/mental capabilities and limitations are suitable with the design of work tasks, equipment, processes and environments.
Ergonomics can help reduce stress and eliminate potential injuries to the muscles, tendons, nerves and joints caused by excessive or prolonged physical stress on hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, neck and back. Ergonomics offers solutions for sustainable work performance and productivity.
Benefits of Ergonomics:
- Increased comfort
- Preventing reinjury and new injuries
- Maintaining job satisfaction and an engaged workforce
- Optimal work performance
Simple Ergonomic Solutions
There are many simple, inexpensive solutions that a trained ergonomist can help implement into your workplace, including:
- Identifying specific risk factors either in terms of how the task is performed, equipment or process, which if addressed could make a significant impact in preventing injuries and increasing productivity.
- Simple, practical guidelines for working in more comfort at a computer workstation
- Updating job descriptions and physical demands analysis, for tailoring pre-employment and post offer testing.
- Providing ergonomic training tailored to specific job tasks and employees for the prevention of injuries