Ergonomics at work and in the home
Ergonomics is the scientific study of designing the workplace environment to fit the user. Poor job design can result in repetitive motions, lack of movement and improper posture, all of which can affect the physical health of an employee both on and off the job.
Musculoskeletal injuries (MSI) are injuries to connective tissues such as muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage or spinal disks. Risk of MSIs can increase with certain behaviors, such as:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2007 musculoskeletal disorders, also known as ergonomic injuries, accounted for 29% of all workplace injuries requiring time away from work.
To prevent MSIs, stretch before starting, during and after activities that are repetitive, static or prolonged and take frequent breaks (every 20-30 minutes). Any sign of pain should be taken seriously and treated early to prevent long term effects.
Increasing awareness on how to properly perform activities to prevent injury are necessary to keep your employees and their families safe, healthy and productive.
Share these exercises and stretches with your employees. They can easily be done at work or at home.
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