Introduction to Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the process of designing or arranging workplaces, products, and systems to fit the people using them. Ergonomic design brings together knowledge of anatomy, psychology, environmental physics, and engineering to ensure products complement users’ abilities.

Effective workplace ergonomics can reduce injury and promote wellness. Musculoskeletal disorders are common and can cause costly problems for both the employee and employer. Efficient workspaces can reduce injury with several small, simple changes.

Here are some of those effective changes:

Desk chair height should be adjusted so when you sit, your feet are flat on the floor. Armrests should also be adjusted so shoulders are relaxed.

Keyboards should be pulled close to your body so you are not reaching.

Computer monitor height should be adjusted to eye level so looking up or down is not needed.

Short walking or stretching breaks throughout the day will prevent you from forming bad posture. Set calendar reminders to get up once every hour.

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