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If you've been experiencing pain in your joints and muscles, it could be due to poor ergonomics.

Ergonomics. We’ve all heard that word before, but what does it actually mean?

Well, ergonomics is a science that deals with designing the work environment for natural interaction, to reduce stress and eliminate injuries associated with the overuse of muscles, bad posture, and repeated tasks.

Did you know: 1.5 million workplace injuries are reported each year, and about half are directly attributed to poor ergonomics...

Professions at risk for ergonomic injuries include assembly line workers, utility workers, and office workers, but any worker with repetitive, physical tasks is thought to be susceptible.

Ergonomics aims to make the job fit the person, not the other way around. 

So that leaves the question; how do I go about being more ergonomic?

  • Your workstation should accommodate the full range of motions you need to do your job.
  • Avoid awkward postures, which put strain on joints
  • Improve work processes to reduce unnecessary reaching and lifting
  • If you will be standing for long periods of time, use anti-fatigue floor mats
  • Adjust the height of work tables
  • If you are sitting for extended periods of time, adjust chairs so that you have proper leg and back support.
  • Make sure there is enough space for your knees and feet, with your feet flat on the ground and your knees at a 90 degree angle.
  • If you are using a computer, make sure that the point about 2 or 3 inches down from the top of the monitor casing is at eye level.
  • You also want the monitor to be about an arm's length away from where you're sitting. 
  • It’s important to make sure that your elbows are at a 90 degree angle, with your wrist parallel to the floor and resting on a desk.
  • Use hand-tools designed to reduce ergonomic risk factors
  • Reduce the frequency, duration, and severity of exposure to elements that may cause stress.
  • Take rest breaks to interrupt ongoing repetitive movements.

Until next time, stay positive and stay safe.