Ergonomics is used to control the risks that can cause musculoskeletal disorders to people in the workplace. Sitting in the same position for a long period of time and making repetitive movements can cause stress on your muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, and spine. Ergonomics at the office can to set up a comfortable setting so that it suits the employee and the job that they are doing. Having a more comfortable environment for an employee can increase their efficiency.
Sitting behind a desk all day or in front of a computer can cause permanent and long term pain to an individuals neck, back, and wrists. However, creating a ergonomically efficient work space can potentially prevent an individual from future illness or injury. Think about your work space as you read the following tips and consider what changes can be made.
- Make sure your feet are touching the ground and that your knees are level with your hips.
- Adjust your computer monitor so that your eyes are level with the top of the screen.
- Try not to hold your phone between your shoulder and your cheek for long periods of time because it can cause neck pain.
- Keep important items like your phone, stapler, and notepads close to your body to prevent excessive reaching.
- Keep your wrists in a straight natural position when you are typing.
- Get up and stretch your legs every 20-30 minutes.
- Sit up straight to your body forms a 90 to 110 degree angle.
- Reduce eye strain by trying not to focus on one thing for a long period of time. Shift your eyes from something close to something farther away.
- Use a book stand when you are reading to prevent yourself from slouching and looking down.
Making sure that ergonomics are performed at the office is a great way to keep yourself and employees productive and safe. Liability issues can occur from employees getting injured while working. Take the time to read the above tips and remember to use them when you are at work. You can also share these tips with your employees, co-workers, friends, and family to help others stay healthy and active.