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What is ergonomics?
Ergonomics is the scientific study of people at work. The goal of ergonomics is to reduce stress and eliminate injuries and disorders associated with the overuse of muscles, bad posture and repeated tasks. This is accomplished by designing tasks, work spaces, controls, displays, tools, lighting and equipment to fit the employee's physical capabilities and limitations.

Why do you need ergonomics?
Ergonomics is important when you're doing a job and your body is stressed by an awkward posture, extreme temperature or repeated movement that affects your musculoskeletal system. Your body may begin to have symptoms such as fatigue, discomfort and pain which can be the first signs of a musculoskeletal disorder.

What is 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.

What are the advantages of ergonomics?
  • Increased savings: Fewer injuries, more productive and sustainable employees, fewer workers' compensation claims
  • Increased productivity: Ergonomic improvements can reduce the primary risk factors for MSDs, so workers are more efficient, productive and have greater job satisfaction
  • Reduced absenteeism: Ergonomics leads to healthy and pain-free workers who are more likely to be engaged and productive
  • Fewer employees experiencing pain: Implementing ergonomic improvements can reduce the risk factors that lead to discomfort
  • Increased morale: Attention to ergonomics can make employees feel valued because they know their employer is making their workplace safer

 

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