Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council on June 23 will launch
its Ergonomics week as part of National
Safety Month, an annual observance to educate and encourage safe behaviors
around top causes of preventable injuries and deaths. Throughout
the week, useful resources on preventing ergonomic injuries will be available.
No matter the
workplace environment, identifying and reporting discomfort, pain or numbness
early on can help prevent ergonomic injuries. Stretching breaks throughout the
day can also provide numerous benefits to your health, including stress relief
and relief of muscle fatigue.
Before starting a
stretching program, consult your doctor if you have recently had surgery or muscle
problems. Here are some basics to get you started:
Stretches should be held for 5 to 30 seconds— do not bounce
- Breathe deeply and slowly while performing stretches
- Pain is not gain—you should only stretch until you feel a mild tension that relaxes as you hold the stretch
The Council is calling on organizations, communities and the
public to help share this information and encourage safe behaviors. Posters,
tip sheets and crossword puzzles are available for free download at nsc.org/nsm.
Additional materials are available for NSC members to promote ergonomic safety.
thanks National Safety Month sponsors Grainger and Toyota for their commitment
About the National Safety Council
1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a
nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries
and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership,
research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with
businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas
where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace
safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.