Does Your Business Practice Ergonomic Principles?

Most of us have heard the term “ergonomics” at one point in our work environment. The question is do we really know what it means? The dictionary defines ergonomics as “the applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort.” That seems a little too scientific to me. Ergonomics should be simple!

Evaluating your workplace for safety, and making sure your employees have the tools needed to do their job, is where you need to start. Back pain is a common injury or complaint in the workplace and often times it can be caused by simple work activities. Applying ergonomic principles can help prevent injuries in your workplace.

Most of us think of ergonomics applies only to physically demanding jobs, but what is often overlooked is the office environment. People who sit most of the day, such as those who work behind a computer, need to be concerned with ergonomics as well. Having a well planned office and computer ergonomic system can help reduce the risk of repetitive injury.

Even if your business doesn’t involve heavy lifting, you still run the risks of employees filing a work comp claim based on repetitive work and/or work stations that do not promote healthy spine and back support. Teach your employees to stretch and move about often.

It may seem hard to implement an ergonomics program in a business when it seems that all is well. Cover your bottom line and see how evaluating your workplace can save you thousands of dollars on preventable work comp claims.

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