Work Ergonomics

Ergonomics is concerned with designing and arranging things people use in order to interact efficiently and safely. A concern of many offices is preventing back pain due to the extensive time people are seated at their dek. About 80% of the United State population will experience back pain at some point in their lives. A well designed office chair, along with good posture & proper lifting techniques can help prevent ergonomic problems from developing.

Choosing an ergonomic chair

  • Seat height of a chair should be easily adjustable
  • Arms and elbows should match the height of the desk with ease
  • A user should be able to sit with their back against the backrest while the back of knees do not touch the chair
  • Feet placed evenly flat on the floor
  • Computer monitor should be at least 18 inches away from eyes
  • Every 30-60 minutes get up to walk or stretch this helps alleviates overall body tension
  • Comfort is important while choosing your chair

Lumbar support

  • A user of a chair ideally wants a chair to support the curve of their spine to prevent slouching
  • Lumbar support should be adjustable for both the height and depth of the chair
  • Adjustable back rest. Comfortable seating material
  • Thighs parallel to the floor

Other important work ergonomics

  • Try to avoid glare upon your monitor, this can inhibit your future eye sight and could also cause one to change their posture to better see the screen
  • To avoid back pain stay healthy and active, outside factors such as extra weight and smoking can put a worker at risk to having back injuries
  • Other preventive measures include stretching during your breaks to alleviate tension

Lifting Safety

Avoid strains to your lower back by making sure when lifting you:

  • Warm your body up before performing a lift
  • Keep your back straight and bend your knees, lift with your legs
  • Never twist or bend your back while lifting
  • Keep feet about shoulder-width apart
  • Keep the object you’re lifting close to your body
  • Be aware of how much weight you are carrying – be willing to make two trips instead of carrying more than you can handle
  • Ask for help to carry heavy, bulky or large loads
  • Make sure your path is clear and contains no tripping hazards
  • Avoid repetitive lifting without rest

Contact Information

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