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What is ergonomics?

On Behalf of | Dec 26, 2019 | Workers' Compensation

When it comes to repetitive stress injuries on the job in Arizona, you may hear a lot about ergonomics. This is not a tool or a new policy. Medline Plus explains that ergonomics is the process of looking at your body while at work to find the best conditions to reduce strain and stress. In observing, a professional can make suggestions or changes to your work zone to help decrease the likelihood of an injury.

Your employer may conduct an ergonomic study to discover what it can do to help you more comfortably do your job. This might include helping you to adjust your posture when sitting in front of a computer, teaching you how to lift properly, adding tools to reduce strain or changing the position of the tools you use. The main goal is to reduce whatever may lead to strain or stress on your body.

Ergonomic solutions can help you to keep your body in proper alignment as you work on a computer. This can help to reduce the strain on your wrists, arms and shoulders that improper positioning causes. Solutions can also include steps to reduce vibrations, which also can harm your joints and body.

The key is determining the risks you have in your particular job. Not every job nor person will have the same risks for repetitive stress injuries. This requires an assessment to see exactly what issues you may face that put strain on your body. Then, the professional will create a custom solution for you using ergonomic methods. This information is for education and is not legal advice.