Ergonomics is the science of designing the job 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 problems for the worker outside the workplace as well.

A properly designed work environment protects employees from injury and saves companies' money in many ways. When Repetitive Strain Injuries are reduced or eliminated, your company can achieve the following benefits:
  • Reduced absenteeism and employee turnover
  • Improved morale and company image
  • Increased productivity
  • Lower insurance and workers' compensation costs
  • Far fewer lawsuits or OSHA citations
RSIs comprise one-third of all lost work time injuries and illnesses, and the average cost for a disabling work-related injury in 2000 was $28,000. Yet, only about one in six employers nationwide have developed effective ergonomics programs.

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.


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