Ergonomics in the Workplace

Monday, August 09, 2010

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 study of how your body interacts with the environment when you perform a task or activity. Office ergonomics focuses on arranging your environment to fit your needs while you work. This includes positioning, equipment, tools, lighting and how you perform a task.

When your workstation is set up properly, you are less likely to have problems such as headaches, eyestrain, neck and back pain. A proper work setup can prevent conditions related to repetitive activities such as carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist and hands.

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.

To prevent work-related injuries, it is important to position the work so that you can sit or stand comfortably and minimize stress on any specific area of your body, vary your positions and tasks, and match tools to your size and preferences.

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