Ergonomics is the study of the relationship between people, their work, and their physical work environment. The major purpose of ergonomics is to fit the job to the individual and promote healthy and safe work practices. Workplace Safety & Health Company can assist you with your ergonomic risk identification, assessment, and solution needs.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) website, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) involve tendons, muscles, and nerves. Musculoskeletal disorders that develop at work (including those of the neck, upper extremities, and low back) are one of the leading causes of lost workday injury and illness, according to OSHA. In a number of industries, a worker’s likelihood of injury is increased by workplace exposure to risk factors, such as “lifting heavy items, bending, reaching overhead, pushing and pulling heavy loads, working in awkward body postures and performing the same or similar tasks repetitively.” However, applying the principles of ergonomics to the work environment can help prevent work-related injuries. Whatever the body size, shape, and personal limitations, the goal of ergonomics is to evaluate the total human being, both mental and physical, and then apply sound principles to each individual's needs. Whether someone is working with heavy machinery or sitting at a desk, the practice of good ergonomics will provide health benefits now and in the long run help workers feel more invigorated, comfortable, and productive.
Workplace Safety & Health Company specializes in evaluating employee workstations, assessing potential for injury, prioritizing stations based on risk, and making appropriate recommendations in order to reduce or eliminate worker ergo-related risk as a whole.