Ergonomics 2

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Ergonomicsfitting a job to a personhelps lessen muscle fatigue, increases productivity and reduced the number and severity of work-related injuries. Dr. Edward Hill continues his look at ergonomics in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Ergonomics is the science of fitting the job to the worker by designing work tasks and equipment to conform to the workers capabilities. Use of ergonomics helps improve worker safety and prevent injury and musculoskeletal disorders.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends workers be trained in proper lifting techniques, which include:

Always holding the object being lifted close to your body.

Squatting to lift, bending at the knees and hips and keeping your back straight, and

Not twisting or rotating the spine.

Also, jobs and equipment should be modified to minimize or eliminate ergonomic risk factors including repetition, force, vibration and awkward positions. Some examples of such modifications might include:

Use headsets for prolonged phone use.

Make sure computer monitor is at the appropriate height for comfortable viewingwith the tool bar at eye level.

Keep wrists and forearms straight and at elbow level during typing tasks, and

Rotate job tasks to break up repetition.

Protect yourself by incorporating ergonomic principles into your day to day


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