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What is Ergonomics, and what does it mean to you?

Ergonomics is the science of designing the job environment to fit the worker, instead of expecting the worker to fit the job. Tasks, tools, equipment and workplace layouts are studied and optimized to ensure a safe and efficient work environment.

When employees consistently use awkward postures or excessive force, they may be at increased risk of developing Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI). Resulting pain and discomfort can adversely affect productivity and may cause short or long-term problems.

A properly designed work environment protects employees from injury and saves company funds in many ways. When RSIs are reduced or eliminated, the company can achieve the following benefits:

  • Reduced absenteeism and employee turnover
  • Increased productivity
  • Lower insurance and workers' compensation costs
  • Fewer lawsuits or OSHA citations
  • Improved morale and company image
  • Empower your employee’s to work comfortably, productively and safely

Problems caused by an inadequate physical environment include a host of health conditions, including fatigue, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, back injuries, colds and flu, heat stroke, eye strain, headaches and more.

In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 31 percent of all worker injuries fall into the category of sprains and strains, with employees needing on average 12 days to recuperate before returning to work.

The best way to ensure a safe work environment for an employee is an ergonomic evaluation. An ergonomic evaluation can:

  • Pinpoint potential dangers
  • Help employees improve practices and techniques
  • Identify the best tools and equipment for each employee
  • Teach employees proper use of their equipment

Providing the best work environment for employees can greatly reduce daily discomfort and on-the-job injury, reduce the costs associated with workplace injuries, and increase job satisfaction and productivity.

Please feel free to email or call 650-224-7294 for more information.

Serafine's report and assessments brought great insight to some outstanding issues. Her report was very thorough and helpful!

- Debra B

Office Manager. Lane Powell PC