What does ergonomics mean?
'Ergonomics' is the science of designing environments and products to match the individuals who use them. The word 'ergonomics' comes from the Greek 'ergon' meaning 'work' and 'nomos' meaning 'law'.
"Fitting the worker to the job not the job to the worker."
- Fitting the job to the worker through task design and procedures
- Fitting the worker to the job through the use of proper placement procedures and training.
It should be noted "What works for one worker may not work for another, so it's important to emphasize individual solutions." Your basic knowledge of ergonomics is a prevention of physical damage or injuries that may occur. With this knowledge it will enhance performance and comfort, rather than waiting until damage does occur. Remember you do have limits and your work environment should be designed so that you can function within these limits.
How does Ergonomics affect me
Understanding ergonomics will help:
- Promote better health
- Improve body posture
- Reduce absenteeism.
- May provide relief from:
- Eye strain
- Blurry vision
- Back problems
- Neck problems
- Organization of your work will help to increase your productivity
- Help prevent Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) or carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
- Always look for alternatives to perform repetitive and/or tasks that require force