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Ergonomics in the Workplace

Minimize back injuries. Stay physically fit, strong and flexible with the right posture and exercises.

Luigi Mendez

on 13 November 2012

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Transcript of Ergonomics in the Workplace

Stay physically fit, strong and flexible with the right posture and exercises Ergonomics in the Workplace Ergonomics is the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population. What is Ergonomics? Why care about Ergonomics? Basically, to fulfill 2 main goals: Health and Productivity. Proper ergonomic design is necessary to prevent repetitive strain injuries, which can develop over time and can lead to long-term disability. Ergonomics Guidelines Minimize the following actions: Sitting in awkward or twisted postures Maintaining the same posture for too long Reaching frequently Using too much muscular effort, even for relatively easy tasks Pressing on the soft tissues of your body - for example, leaning your arms against a hard desk edge Performing repetitive tasks that require awkward body positions or forceful exertions, without allowing the body a chance to recover Computers and Body Fatigue 1. Adjust the height of the chair so that there is contact between the seat back and the most curved part of your back 2. Alternate between the mouse or other pointing device and the keyboard. This provides a recovery pause for both. 3. Use a light touch when pressing the keyboard keys and holding the mouse 4. Keep the mouse or trackball close to the keyboard to minimize reaching from the shoulder 6. If your chair needs to be positioned high to accommodate a straight wrist position, use a footrest to support your legs. 5. Place your monitor 20 to 28 inches away from your eyes. While at work, make sure you follow these basic guidelines:
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