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    Ergonomics

    Ergonomics are one of the most overlooked issues in workplace safety, yet they affect everyone from the receptionist to the traveling salesman to the line worker at a manufacturing facility. Simply put, the correctly designed work space can ensure back, neck, wrist, shoulder, eye and elbow health. It can reduce the potential for everything from stress headaches to shoulder strain, carpal tunnel to lower back surgeries.

    Proper ergonomics are often simple and quick to set up. But the benefits they provide can last years in the form of a healthier back or sharper eyesight—the kinds of things that matter in your off-hours even more than at work. Learn more and get started creating a more comfortable and productive work space today.

    Getting Started:

    If nearly every job and task can involve good ergonomics, where do you start to improve them? We recommend a worksite analysis. This process will help you find potential sources of injury and begin to brainstorm solutions. A worksite analysis has several components:

    • Task analysis: Ask workers for their input as you observe daily tasks, especially repetitive ones.
    • Work area analysis: Evaluate things like equipment location, work surfaces and chairs.
    • Environmental analysis: Consider elements like lighting, noise and temperature.
    • Organizational analysis: Get the broader view on staffing levels, hours, balance of responsibilities and other factors that are generally within management’s control.

    This is an abbreviated version of a worksite analysis. Find a detailed version below at our “Employer’s Guide to Ergonomics” link and begin making an investment of time and attention that will pay dividends for your business.