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June 24, 2013



Final week of National Safety Month: Ergonomics

By Lisa Linck

We're heading into the final week of National Safety Month – ergonomics.

Ergonomics is an issue that affects all kinds of occupations. Ergonomic hazards generally refer to a mismatch between workers' physical capacity and the design of a work area, equipment or tools, or the physical demands of the job. The physical injury resulting from repetition, forceful exertions, awkward postures and vibration is a musculoskeletal disorder.

These hazards can be prevented in several ways such as:

  • Fitting the job to the worker instead of the reverse
  • Providing the right personal protective equipment for each type of hazard
  • Training the worker to correctly perform his/her job

Daily Tips:

  • June 24: Ergonomics involves designing the job environment to fit the person and is important to take into consideration at work and home.
  • June 25: When working, give your eyes a rest and periodically take time to close them for a minute at a time and then focus on an object at least 20 feet away.
  • June 26: Symptoms of some ergonomic issues include tingling, numbness, pain, swelling and loss of grip strength.
  • June 27: Stretching should be gentle and controlled, not painful. Breathe deeply when you hold your stretch.
  • June 28: Stretching periodically throughout the day can reduce sprains, strains and your risk of ergonomic injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis.

Bonus week: Watch for information about driving safety later this week.

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