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Office Safety: Ergonomics

October 14, 2021

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It’s hard to think of a safer job than office work. You’re inside, far from biological hazards. It’s clean, the temperature is maintained, and there is very little chance of being struck by a vehicle.  So, what exactly do you need to look out for in an office? Hazards may be different every where you go, but it is important to remember that there is always something that can affect your health. In this case, there may not be a lot of outside hazards to protect yourself from, but instead we’ll focus on your health and maintaining it despite the monotony of office work.

When we speak of office work, we are mainly referring to ergonomics. Ergonomics are defined as the study of employees’ efficiency in their work environments. Surprisingly, ergonomics-related injuries are among the most frequently reported causes of lost or restricted work time, with about357,000injuries reported each year. This is about 31%of all worker injuries and illness cases. These issues mostly arise for workers like nurses, truck drivers, janitors, and carpenters.

The most common areas of the body to experience pain from office work are the neck, shoulders, back, legs and feet (especially for work where you spend hours standing), wrist, waist, and head. Unmaintained bodily issues can often lead to Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs).

So how can these problems be prevented. Usually, each part of the body needs to be looked at a little bit differently. For the head, neck, and back, look at your posture. By sitting properly with your back straight and your neck at a zero-degree angle, the amount of stress and pressure placed on these limbs is lessened. You may also want to stretch parts of your body that feel tension. You may need to stop and take breaks frequently. This will help alleviate stress in both the physical and mental sense.

The Hard Hat Training Series has a lot more helpful information and tips about office ergonomics that will be helpful as you get back to work. Our hope is that you can use that and what you have learned so far to stay educated and, in effect, stay healthy at work. Remain aware of your physical state and address your needs as soon as possible to avoid long lasting muscular disorders.

Good luck and stay safe!

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— Arthur Lee, CEO