Let’s begin with the word itself. Ergonomics, comes from two Greek words: Ergon meaning work, and Nomos meaning laws. Ergonomics is a way to work smarter not harder by designing equipment, work stations and tasks to fit the worker NOT forcing the worker to fit the task.
Contrary to what some may think, applied ergonomics is not buying the most expensive equipment and it is not one size fits all. Ergonomics looks at what kind of work you do, what tools you use and your whole work environment. The aim is to find the best fit between you and your job conditions.
Buying an expensive office chair may not need to be the solution to ensure proper ergonomics at the office. Changes to the office work station might include:
Making sure that the monitor is at eye level and centered in front of you
Armrests should be level with the desk and support the elbows
Being sure the height of your chair allows your feet to rest flat on the floor
Adding a seat wedge to your chair to help your body rest in a natural angle
Ergonomic assessments provide evaluations, service and advice that will help to identify the significant risks factors in the workplace. By implementing ergonomic solutions you or your employees will reduce the risk of on the job injury, improve efficiency and job quality while feeling less stressed and fatigued.
The question: Who should be seeking out ergonomic options and solutions?
The answer: Everyone who is concerned about how they or their employees perform and feel.
Teri McGee, CEAS