FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is ergonomics?
Ergonomics is the scientific study of matching the work and work environment to the physical and psychological needs of the worker. The overall goal of this applied science is to promote health and productivity in the workplace. Ergonomics is extremely useful in the prevention of future injuries,
What are the benefits of ergonomic programs?
Ergonomic evaluations are cost effective and rewarding for all concerned. Early evaluation and detection prevents employee disabilities due to musculoskeletal disorder (“MSDS”) and cumulative trauma disorders (“CTD”). The goal of ergonomics is to enhance health and productivity by designing work stations and tools that fit the task and the person through assessment, recommendations for modifications and/or replacement equipment to fit the employees work environment thereby increasing productivity, product quality, employee moral and job satisfaction.
What are ergonomic improvements?
Ergonomics improves the relationship between the work environment, the physical and psychological needs and capabilities of the employee performing the job. Beneficial improvements include rearranging; modifying; redesigning or replacing tools and equipment.
What are repetitive motion injuries or cumulative trauma disorders?
They are repetitive strain injuries and work-related musculoskeletal disorders associated with repetitive task movements which require forceful exertions and/or awkward postures.
What are the Characteristics of repetitive motion injuries or cumulative trauma disorders?
Injuries associated with repetitive motion may not be apparent in early stages, may happen in one accident or accumulate over time and can be attributed to basic work, home or recreational activities.
What are the symptoms of repetitive motion injuries or cumulative trauma disorders?
Pain or loss of feeling and/or tingling inhibited mobility, loss of strength, swelling and lack of energy and lethargy. Symptoms and intensity vary from individual to individual while performing similar tasks.
What can ergonomics do for computer users?
Assess equipment/postures that have potential to cause injury. Install recommended ergonomic equipment, postures and activities that will help prevent future injury or minimize current injuries.
What if I have good posture, but my back still hurts?
Perhaps you should examine the lumbar support and seat pan cushion of your chair. It may not be adjusted appropriately for you individually. Are your knees lower than your hips? Inadequate foot support can also cause strain to the spinal structures.
Will an ergonomic evaluation take away my pain?
The actual evaluation will not take away your pain, an evaluation will only provide a recommendation of the changes that may be beneficial in your work area or job tasking which could ease or alleviate pain connected with repetitive motion.
What can I do for myself?
Learn how to adjust your workstation. Reorganize what you need to do to reduce and/or eliminate extended reaches; minimize tasks associated with pushing, pulling and gripping, rotary motions and twisting at the waist. Obtain a basic understanding of correct posturing positions. Take frequent mini-breaks as often as every hour or more to stretch out muscles and walk around to stimulate blood flow to your lower extremities.