Ergonomics in the workplace is essential for employee comfort and productivity. By designing and arranging equipment, furniture, and tasks to fit the physical needs of employees, companies can reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and back pain. Here are some tips for making your workplace ergonomic for employees:
- Adjust office chairs for proper posture: Properly adjusted office chairs can reduce strain on the back, neck, and shoulders. Make sure that the chair is adjusted so that feet are flat on the floor and knees are at a 90-degree angle. The backrest should support the natural curve of the lower back, and the armrests should be adjusted so that shoulders are relaxed.
- Position computer monitors at eye level: To reduce neck strain and eye strain, the top of computer monitors should be at or slightly below eye level and about an arm’s length away from the face.
- Use ergonomic keyboard and mouse: For employees who spend a lot of time typing, ergonomic keyboard and mouse designs can help reduce hand strain. Look for a keyboard with a split design and a mouse that has a contoured shape.
- Encourage regular breaks: Sitting in the same position for long periods of time can lead to muscle strain and fatigue. Encourage employees to take regular breaks to stand up, stretch, and move around.
- Keep frequently used items within reach: Keeping frequently used items such as the phone, stapler, and printer within easy reach can help to reduce strain.
- Adjust lighting for optimal visibility: Adequate lighting is essential for preventing eye strain. Make sure that the lighting in the work area is bright enough for clear visibility, but not so bright that it causes glare on the computer screen.
- Use anti-glare screens: Glare on computer screens can cause eye strain and fatigue. Use anti-glare screens or adjust the position of the screen to reduce glare.
- Keep work surfaces organized: An organized work surface can help to reduce the risk of accidents and make it easier to find the things you need. Keep work surfaces clean and free of clutter.
- Adjust work surfaces for comfort: Work surfaces should be at a comfortable height so that employees can reach them without straining. If employees are standing while working, make sure that the work surface is at a height that is comfortable for them.
- Use document holders: Document holders can help to reduce neck strain by keeping documents at the same level as the computer screen.
By following these ergonomic tips, companies can create a more comfortable and productive work environment for employees. Consider consulting an ergonomic expert for any concerns or issues with the work environment.”
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Dr. Krisca is a highly-educated and skilled physician who has obtained a BS Public Health degree from the University of the Philippines Manila and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the De La Salle Medical Health Sciences Institute. She is a licensed physician and also a Registered Medical Technologist. She has received additional training in Hemodialysis for Non-Nephro Physicians on duty and has completed online courses in related fields like depression in populations from John Hopkins University and positive psychiatry from The University of Sydney. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of International Health in the University of the Philippines.
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