Ergonomics is about arranging or designing a workplace to suit people. This includes systems of work, environment and products suited to the task and person.
Ergonomic environments such as offices, workstations equipment, manual handling, plant layout and operations, noise, lighting and thermal comfort are the main areas of ergnomic injury.
Poor ergonomics can lead to:
- occupational overuse syndrome (oos) or more commonly known as repetitive strain injury (rsi);
- slips, trips and falls;
- back strain;
Ergonomics can be managed through:
- training and/or assessment of work areas;
- elimination of poor or incorrectly adjusted equipment;
- identification, elimination or redesign of repetitive and/or forceful tasks and ensure rest and alternative tasks or job rotation;
- acting on early symptoms or signs;
- design and purchase of ergonomically designed furniture/machinery for the task