Provide workstation ergonomic assessment, training

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Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are injuries that can arise from poorly designed or adjusted workspace features and furnishings. Injuries can result from lifting, bending, sitting in poor posture, repetitive movements, and awkward reach. Ergonomic training can help employees prevent musculoskeletal disorders by instructing them how to adjust the furnishings and tools within their workstations.

Often, employees do not understand that they can prevent or reduce discomfort while working. By equipping employees with ergonomics knowledge, organizations can prevent or reduce injuries, lost work days, and avoid some health costs.

Provide ergonomic training that outlines basic concepts of ergonomics, including information on how to operate "user adjustable" elements (task chair settings and controls, task lighting, height-adjustable table, environment controls, etc.) within the workstation. Consider developing an online or digital ergonomic guide with information on the “why” ergonomics is important, and instructions on adjusting the commonly available features within your facility. 

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Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are injuries that can arise from poorly designed or adjusted workspace features and furnishings. Injuries can result from lifting, bending, sitting in poor posture, repetitive movements, and awkward reach. Ergonomic training can help employees prevent musculoskeletal disorders by instructing them how to adjust the furnishings and tools within their workstations.

Often, employees do not understand that they can prevent or reduce discomfort while working. By equipping employees with ergonomics knowledge, organizations can prevent or reduce injuries, lost work days, and avoid some health costs.

Provide ergonomic training that outlines basic concepts of ergonomics, including information on how to operate "user adjustable" elements (task chair settings and controls, task lighting, height-adjustable table, environment controls, etc.) within the workstation. Consider developing an online or digital ergonomic guide with information on the “why” ergonomics is important, and instructions on adjusting the commonly available features within your facility. 

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Training should include how to adjust chairs, and explain the benefits of varying posture between standing and sitting.

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Consider offering ergonomics information in the form of a printed or digital guide as part of new employee orientation.

Read more

If you want to learn more, we suggest the following resources:

Dr. Raffi Terzian. Five Strategies to Improve Workplace Ergonomics. Industry Week. August 19, 2019.

Cynthia Cox. How much does the U.S. spend to treat different diseases? May 22, 2017.

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