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Understanding Workplace Ergonomics
Transcript of Understanding Workplace Ergonomics
What are MSDs?
Signs and Symptoms
Your Best Defense
Repetitive Movements and Force
Common signs and symptoms associated with MSDs are...
Static Positions (holding your body a certain way for long periods of time)
that may affect
Common MSDs are...
Outlining Our Objectives
What is Ergonomics?
Fitting the Work to the Worker
Proper Chair fit and Work Zones
Prevention & Ergonomic Assesments
Comes from the Greek words
Ergos (work) & nomos (natural law)
Meaning: Ergonomics is fitting the workstation to match the worker
that the most
Most common injuries
occur in office environments:
slips, trips and falls,
ergonomically related injuries like
Repetitive Strain injuries
are the most common injuries in the workplace
Did you know?
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act...
Musculoskeletal Disorders are more formally defined as " an injury or disorder of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves, blood vessels or related soft tissues including a sprain strain and inflammation, that may be caused or aggravated by work". (s. 4.46)
that affect muscles and other
may occur when the same muscles are used
over and over
without taking a rest
Hence the more common name
Repetitive Strain Injuries
When in doubt,
ask your supervisor!
Be aware of
immediate hazards at
ie. Harsh lighting, office temperatures, out of date equipment, noise
Identify where in
the workplace you have
(force, posture, repetition, duration, etc.)
Always talk to your supervisor
about workplace hazards
in the workplace and when in doubt, ask your supervisor about a
Always Practice Prevention...
Break up workloads
using breaks and
Reduce repetition (vary tasks)
Use proper lifting techniques
Avoid forced, static and awkward positions
Use ergonomically (adjustable) designed equipment
Minimizing MSD Risks
I. Organizing Your
Primary Work Zone
- the items you use
. ie. Your mouse, keyboard and phone.
- items you use for
By organizing your workzone properly, it can help you avoid awkward straining and repetitive movements!
II. Check Your
Using adjustable (
1. Chair adjustments
You wouldn't drive a car without adjusting the seat, so why wouldn't you do the same for your office?
and recognize the symptoms.
Perform regular ergonomic self checks and
General Duty clause (OH&S Act)
Section 45. Industrial Establishments Regs.
Section 24. Health Care Regs.
CSA Standard Z412, Guideline on Office Ergonomics
For more information, use these useful links to get a better understanding of Ergonomics
This Prezi uses information provided by both WorkSafe BC and WSIB; visit the links for more information on MSDs and Office Ergonomics.
Thank you for completing a Refresher in Ergonomics
horizontally, elbows and
body bent about
Head upright over your shoulders in a
Backrest supporting your
lower back, pelvis,
and the natural curve of
by the floor or a footrest
Seating that doesn’t adequately support your back, is too low or is too high may increase fatigue and contribute to poor posture.
make sure all aspects of the chair are
to match you:
If your keyboard is
, you will be able to keep your wrists straight while typing. By doing so you can
protect yourself from injury
Always keep a
while typing. Resting your wrists can cut off blood flow