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Workplace Ergonomics

Date: Jun 25, 2020 8:43:44 AM | Author: Katie Baker
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As we go about our days, we are creating and repeating certain habits. While these habits may be productive, they could also be dangerous. It is useful to recognize the importance of Ergonomics when thinking about the repetitive behaviors and motions we do.
 
Ergonomics deals with productivity within the workplace while considering a worker's abilities and limitations. It works to modify behaviors to fit the worker, instead of altering the worker to adjust to the work. The main goal is to eliminate repetitive motions that cause discomfort or harm to the worker.
 
Improper posture, uncomfortable upward typing angles, and sitting for long periods are all examples of Ergonomic issues. Solutions can be as simple as being aware of one's body and recognizing movements that cause discomfort. 
 
If your wrists feel sore from typing, it may be an indicator that you need to adjust the angle you are typing at or your desk setup. Taking frequent breaks will help you avoid straining your eyes from staring at a computer screen all day. Throughout the day, roll your shoulders back and walk around occasionally to prevent bad posture and combat the effects of sedentary work behavior.
 
Recognizing these repetitive behaviors will promote better health, avoid injury, and allow us to work at our fullest potential. 
 
Whether you're working at a jobsite, in the office or from home, remember to "Think Safe. Work Safe." when it comes to ergonomics. 
 
 

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