What is ERGONOMICS?
Ergonomics is the practice of designing products, systems, or processes to take proper account of the interaction between them and the people who use them. In essence, it is the study of designing equipment, devices and processes that fit the human body and its cognitive abilities.
The two terms “human factors” and “ergonomics” are essentially synonymous. Simply stated, ergonomics is fitting the workplace to the worker. The better the fit, the higher the level of safety, efficacy and overall job satisfaction.
Prolonged, uninterrupted SEDENTARY POSTURES are independently correlated with premature death, premature aging, increased MSDs, increased chronic disease states (such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer) decreased quality of life, etc. The goal of ergonomic is to teach you how to counteract the effects of sedentary behavior
Why is it important for your company to provide an ergonomic evaluation?
GOOD ERGONOMICS = GOOD ECONOMICS
- Decreased absenteeism
- Decreased presenteeism: the act of attending work while sick
- Decreased risk factors for MSD: musculoskeletal discomfort, such as neck, low back pain and repetitive stress injury)
- Increased productivity and performance
- Decreased healthcare cost to your company
An ergonomic workstation is one that ensures lesser fatigue, injuries and stress. It promotes the welfare of all the employees.