Implementing Ergonomics in your Company
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that are work-related are the most occupational health hazard throughout the US, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Approximately a third of workers’ compensation claims come from the lack of protection of ergonomics. So, it is vital to reduce the propensity of having workers’ compensation claims and MMI situations by properly managing ergonomic risk determinants in your workplace.
What is Ergonomics?
Ergonomics designs a job scientifically to fit a worker, according to OSHA. This technology is not just gimmicky, costly office equipment. In fact, it is work equipment that uses various sciences, such as biomechanics, kinesiology, and physiology, in its design to reduce physical stress, assists in preventing long-term injuries, and preventing disabilities, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Common ergonomic risk determinants include working conditions as follows:
- Hand movements that are prolonged, forceful, or repetitive
- Heavy or frequent lifting, pulling, carrying, or pushing heavy objects
- Keeping awkward postures for long time periods
Tips on Using Ergonomics
There are various ways to implement ergonomics which include the following:
- Workers should have furnish workstations that have adjustable assembly tables with the ability to lower or raise the table to suit their height.
- Eliminating unnecessary twisting and awkward postures adjust computer keyboards and monitors’ position.
- Design workstations that will eliminate the need to bend and twist for reaching
- Enable workers to reposition themselves while standing by adding footrests to workstations.
- Offer fatigue mats for those standing while performing their work duties.
- Use light-weight aluminum instead of heavy steel die parts for easier handling of making die and to reduce overall weight.
- Enable lesser effort required to allow boxes to slid into a position by implementing a bulk rack system with guided slots for cartons and miniature rollers.
More Details Concerning Implementing Ergonomics
Proper seating goes a long way than you may realize for the overall health and wellness of your employees. Some offices have implemented exercise balls. And while there is undeniably some health benefits with exercise balls, it is lacking in several valuable features that proper seating has.
Proper seating comes with a pneumatic height adjustment, a seatback with the ability with being inclined up to 110 degrees or locked in an upright position, height-adjustable lumbar support, and an adjustable seat pan. This type of seating also has a five-caster base that has proper casters for the flooring and adjustable padded armrests that have rounded edges.
The goal with ergonomics equipment is to assist employees to be in a neutral posture whether the worker is standing or sitting. Weight must be balanced, and the head and wrists must be straight. Workers should also work at elbow height. Additionally, the worker’s shoulders should be relaxed with arms being by the side.
Ergonomics is the way to go to make sure you significantly reduce the possibility of your employees getting work-related injuries. From carpal tunnel syndrome to back injuries, many more people are filing workers’ compensation claims, and even worse, doctors of many of these employees will proclaim their work-related injury or illness as MMI. Don’t let this happen to you. Get ergonomics implemented in your business today.