Ergonomics is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system. It is also the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimise human well-being and overall system performance.
Although most offices don’t appear to be “dangerous” at first glance, the stress of repetitive motions and habits can lead to serious injury. Twisting, bending, lifting or simply sitting a certain way for prolonged periods of time can cause stress and strain on the musculoskeletal system. With small adjustments to the way we work, serious problems can be avoided.
In the modern office, a carefully designed ergonomic workstation, user friendly equipment and training are an integral part of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005
Advantage of Ergonomics - Good for you Good for Business
For employers the benefits of workstation risk assessments can pay immediate dividends, reduce costs, increase productivity and provide a healthy work environment for employees. Ergonomic improvements reduce the risk factors that lead to muscle strain and general health discomfort.
- An ergonomic designed display screen for example, with a telescopic riser, allows the user to adjust the screen comfortably, thus reducing the risk of awkward neck posture, shoulder discomfort or from work related upper limbs disorders (WURLDS) from developing.
- Adjustable chairs too, height adjustable desks, adjustable keyboards, good mouse technique, and posture all help towards achieving a healthier and safer working environment.