Ergonomics 1

Monday, August 08, 2016

Do you ever leave work with headaches, backaches or a stiff neck? These are frequent complaints of employees who may be suffering from ergonomic-related injuries and illnesses. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses workplace ergonomics.

Dr. Hill:

Ergonomics is the science of adapting the job to the worker. Many aches, pains and injuries are preventable when ergonomic principles are applied. Use of ergonomics can make work more comfortable, efficient and safe.

Office spaces can be made more ergonomic by placing most frequently used items on the desk within 10 inches of the workers body and items occasionally used within 20 inches of the person.

Many computers have adjustable monitor heights, and the screen can be adjusted so that the tool bar is at eye level for optimal viewing. Keyboard position should allow the worker to sit with wrists straight, elbows at ninety degrees and shoulders relaxed.

Most problems that occur in the office are caused by physical stress, such as prolonged awkward positions, repetitive motions and overuse. Physical stress decreases your overall well-being, causes chronic health problems and uses up your sick time.

A proper work setup can prevent conditions related to repetitive activities such as carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist and hands.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.