What is Ergonomics any why is it Important?
Ergonomics is the science of designing the job and the workplace to suit the capabilities of the workers. Simply stated, ergonomics means “fitting the task/work/workstation to the worker.” The aim of ergonomics is the evaluation and design of facilities, workstations, jobs, training methods, and equipment to match the capabilities of users, and thereby reduce stress and eliminate injuries and disorders associated with the overuse of muscles, bad posture, and repeated tasks.
What are Musculoskeletal Disorders?
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are injuries or disorders of the muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage, and spinal discs associated with exposure to risk factors in the workplace. MSDs are considered work related (WMSDs) when the work environment and performance of work contribute significantly to the condition; and/or the condition is made worse or persists longer due to work conditions.
What are Ergonomic Risk Factors?
The physical job features frequently cited as risk factors for development of MSDs or WMSDs, based on both experimental science and epidemiologic investigations, include rapid work pace and repetitive motion patterns; insufficient recovery time; heavy lifting and forceful manual exertions; non-neutral body postures (either dynamic or static); mechanical pressure concentrations; segmental or whole-body vibration; local or whole-body exposure to cold; and any of these in combination with each other or with undesirable features of the psychosocial work environment like high demands and low degree of control over one’s own work. Through Ergonomic Intervention Ergo Concepts seeks to reduce or eliminate an employee’s level of exposure to Ergonomic Risk Factors.