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How to Avoid Ergonomics Issues in the Office

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 by in Uncategorized, Workplace Injuries | 0 comments

How to Avoid Ergonomics Issues in the Office

Not all workplace accidents happen in dangerous workplace environments, like construction sites, factories, and mines. They can happen even on the safest and most controlled work areas, like typical office spaces.

The risk of violent accidents is lower in offices, but there is a different kind of accident that office workers are prone to, and that involves poor ergonomics.

Ergonomics is the comfort, design, and efficiency of the workplace, and any lapses on it can make subtle discomforts that may trigger injuries. The body parts most vulnerable to these injuries are the eyes, neck, shoulders, back, wrists, and legs.

Use good posture

Poor posture while sitting on your work area or standing on the workplace can put additional stress in your body, particularly in your shoulders and back. The extra stress, when applied long enough, can create problems on the said areas. Maintaining proper posture while working is the most efficient way to avoid these problems.

Lift objects with care

The objects you lift are not as heavy as the objects in physically demanding jobs, but there are still potentially heavy objects in the office, such as cabinets and piles of documents. Avoid lifting objects that are too heavy. Get the help of other employees or use carts to help you carry the load.

Beware of lighting problems

Inefficient lighting can cause eye problems. Typically, these issues need to be reported to your superiors so they can do something about them. The most common lighting problems include the use of poor monitors, inadequate use of blinds and tinted glasses, the lack of desk lights, and the poor overall lighting of the work area.

Beware of noise problems

Like lighting problems, noise problems are typically addressed by superiors. The most common noise problems include traffic noise from outside, noisy machines and equipment, talkative employees, and the noise of foot traffic.

Ensure the comfort of your work station

Position your work station in a way that will prevent unnecessary stress on your body. Make sure that your monitor is on your eye level to prevent neck, shoulder, and back problems. Make sure that your keyboard and mouse do not pressure your wrists. Make sure that there is enough space for your legs to stretch to avoid issues not just on your legs, but also on your knees and feet.

Use the law

Employees who have suffered from office injuries may be eligible for compensation for the damages they have sustained. Being aware of the legalities is a good way to protect yourself from potential accidents and injuries that may arise from employer negligence.

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