Work Ergonomically

Hello there,this is Goke Akingbade ( your Safety Guide) bringing you another interesting topic to dwell on. We will be discussing how to work ergonomically.
Ergonomics is the study of designing procedures and equipment to prevent employees from unnecessary injuries. Employees must be warned that, for instance, if they use awkward postures to complete their job task, they might put unnecessary stress on muscles and tendons.
This stress can eventually result in back pain, tendonitis, and damage to joints by forcing muscles and tendons out of their natural positions.
Listed below are some awkward postures which can result in a risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs):
(a)Reaching overhead.              (b)The amount of force the body must maintain in order to hold the awkward posture.                   (c)Lifting an object while twisting, reaching or turning.           (d)Holding fixed positions, such as bending and twisting, called static load. 

To prevent back injuries, workers must take the following precautions:                                  (1)Use lifting aids whenever possible, especially when lifting repetitively or lifting heavy objects. 

(2)Never twist your back while lifting-instead, move your feet so that your trunk stays straight or rearrange your work area so that twisting will not be necessary while lifting.
(3)Always lift with your legs, not with your back. Squat down, bring the load close to your body, and lift with your legs.
(4)Use a stepstool or ladder, if you need to lift something above your shoulders. Remember never to use the top two steps or rungs.
(5)Dont try to be a hero- if an object is too heavy for you to lift, get help from either from another employee or mechanical lifting.
(6)Keep your back in top shape by exercising and keeping your weight down. For nstance, doing sit-ups regularly will help strengthen both your stomach and back muscles, both of which help in the lifting process. This will help prevent injuries from occurring.
This is where we will be stopping for today. So till I come your way again, this is Goke Akingbade ( your Safety Guide), wishing you a fruitful day.


Ten Easy ways to reduce workplace injuries

10 Easy Ways to Reduce Workplace Injuries.

Computer usage is common by a substantial part of the working environment.

There are numerous ways to reduce computer-related health injuries, by observing safety measures to counter injuries caused by the office environment. Occupational safety measures recommend healthy use of computers so as to lessen the negative impact on human health.

Health problems caused by exposure to computers occur through cumulative trauma disorders connected with prolonged use of machines.

Here are 10 easy steps to do ensure a healthy work environment:

1.You need to adjust the location of work and the angle of the machine in such a way that your body continuously maintains an unstrained and comfortable position. Your arms, forearms and shoulders should be fully relaxed.

2.Counter the effect of carpal tunnel syndrome of the wrist and hand by relieving yourself of the mouse and keyboard from time to time. Take breaks to let your fingers relax and enjoy hand rubs in between.

3.It is the continuous exposure to the computer monitor that may be the cause of eyestrain most times. In this case you should always have a quality glare filter fixed on your monitor screen.

4. Work with a light screen background (dark type or images on white or pale background). You’ll find it is easier on your eyes.

5 Place the monitor and source documents so that they are about the same distance from your eyes. Use a document holder immediately next to the monitor.

6 Rest the muscles of your eyes by focusing on a distant object occasionally.

7 Change your body position periodically throughout the day.

8 The position of the keyboard should be at a proper level in front of you. It is important to ensure proper elbow height that enables you to type with straight wrists.

9 It’s important to be completely relaxed while working on the computer. Injuries and pain can be a problem if you remain constantly tensed as that affects the muscles of the neck and shoulders.

10 A good chair significantly reduces the risk of lower back pain or injury. An ergonomic chair provides comfortable lumbar support and allows for a variety of seated postures.

Till I come your way again, do have a safe day at work.

from Goke Akingbade


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