Ergonomics: An applied science concerned with the characteristics of people that need to be considered in designing and arranging things that they use in order that people and things will interact most effectively and safely -- Webster's
Many work stations may require new furniture or equipment to help create a correct and ergonomic posture and work environment. TEOS is proud to offer a number of quality ergonomic products specifically designed for the office environment. The investment, though, is an intelligent one. Not only does it protect your employees or yourself from painful RSI, but it also can provide a substantial return. Consider these examples reported by Sue MacDonald found in the News Tribune:
An ergonomic workplace is an effective way to prevent injuries on the job. Ergonomics have been applied to many fields including sports, manufacturing, and the office environment. A workplace that is not ergonomic can result in repetitive strain injury (RSI) with symptoms ranging from carpal tunnel syndrome to back and neck strain. Often symptoms are less severe, such as headaches or eye strain, but the results can be costly.
Those who feel they may suffer from RSI should always consult a doctor. But this web page hopes to inform you about ergonomics and repetitive strain injury and to provide ways offices may avoid such problems.
Dubbed "the occupational disease of the '90s," Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) results from the overuse and abuse of the hand and arm muscles. More than 60% of all workplace illnesses are attributed to RSI, and RSI-related expenses may cost U.S. businesses as much as $20 billion a year.
Much of the problem can be blamed on poor work stations which force workers to sit in uncomfortable positions, strain to see documents and monitors, or rest hands and wrists in awkward positions causing a person to twist and contort their hands and fingers to reach keyboards and mice.
Unnatural positioning at a workstation results in heavy abuse of muscles and joints causing such common problems as carpal tunnel syndrome (a debilitating injury to the wrist), back pain, neck pain, and eye strain.
Ways to Avoid RSI
The key to avoiding Repetitive Strain Injury is prevention. A proper working environment which employs ergonomic techniques can reduce the strain of working and can protect your most valuable assets, your employees.
Many offices find that creating an ergonomic work station does not always require a lot of new furniture or a heavy financial investment. Just knowing how one should position themselves at a desk or work station often results in an efficient application of ergonomic techniques. Keys to a good working environment include:
If you suffer from pain or discomfort, you should always consult a doctor. But there are also a number of suggestions for changing your work station that may help eliminate problems.
Other Sources for Learning about Ergonomics
If you would like to know more about RSI and Ergonomics in the workplace, the world wide web offers a number of valuable and informative sites. Feel free to browse these pages, but don't forget to come back to TEOS and learn about our quality ergonomic products!
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