What are ergonomics in the work place ?

What are ergonomics in the work place ?

What are ergonomics in the work place ?


We hear the word “ergonomics” but what does it mean especially when it comes to the work place.

The essential meaning of ergonomics points towards being a science that deals with designing and arranging things so that people can use them easily and safely as well as the parts or qualities of something’s design that make it easy to use.

But how does this transition into the work place ?

Work place ergonomics is the science of designing the work place, keeping in mind the capabilities and limitations of the worker. … A work place ergonomics improvement process removes risk factors that lead to musculoskeletal injuries and allows for improved human performance and productivity.

The implementation of ergonomics safety as part of any health and safety programme helps to ensure that an employees’ capabilities and physical limitations are matched with the correct equipment and work space to ensure comfortable and safe working conditions.

By adding an ergonomic environment within the work place, this can ensure that employee productivity is maintained at a high level and helps to prevent other incidents and injuries meaning that the work place and business disruption is reduced.

Simply put, ergonomics is the discipline of optimizing a user’s environment to minimize the likelihood of developing injuries.

To give you an example:

Ergonomics can prevent neck and back pain in the work place, tingling sensations in the palms and fingers and joint stiffness.

We can all get carried away with our workloads and focussing on the job in hand, but are we considering our sitting position and posture ?

Poor sitting posture may feel comfortable but the problem is your spine can be overworked as your muscles relax in your lower back and core.

By offering a natural sitting position where the three sections of the spine are preserved when you sit, this reduces poor sitting posture and long term damage to the back.

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