Engaging key stakeholders is a critical first step in the development of an ergonomics program. It is important to elevate awareness of ergonomic concerns and understand what the common physical problems are that modern computer users face.
DESIGNING HEALTHY WORK ENVIRONMENTSThis seminar offers participants guidance on designing healthy work environments. The course explores current client oriented challenges in proactively addressing ergonomic concerns and seeks to bridge the gap between workplace aesthetics and functionality. An overview of common musculoskeletal problems facing today’s intensive computer users is provided and key research developments in the areas of seating, input device design, display technology, lighting and employee level training are discussed. Participants will learn how ergonomic principles are being applied to the design of computer workstations to reduce employee discomfort and risk of injury while lowering employer costs.
- Discussion of workplace trends and design challenges
- Introduction to ergonomics: Ergonomics defined, Common misconceptions
- Discussion of awkward postures and associated musculoskeletal risk factors:
Wrist extension, Ulnar/Radial deviation, Contact Stress, Neck/Trunk rotation, Elbow abduction/adduction, Reach distances, Static postures
- Minimizing extreme postures and injury through design and training
- Four key elements of an ergonomic workstation: The chair, The work surface, including height adjustable workstations, Monitor and document placement, Lighting and glare issues
SPOTLIGHT ON ERGONOMICS
Today’s modern workplace is dominated by an increasing presence of technology. Employees spend much of their time answering emails, writing reports, and participating in web conferences—all of which require prolonged periods of computer use. For the average worker , this has led to an increase in musculoskeletal complaints such as eyestrain, lower back pain and wrist discomfort. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association surveyed roughly 29,000 computer users and found that 52.7% were working with at last one form of daily musculoskeletal discomfort. The average lost productive times of those experiencing discomfort was more than 5.2 hours per week.
These eye-opening statistics shed light on the growing number of work-related issues stemming from prolonged computer use. More and more organizations are beginning to see the link between worker discomfort, lost productive time and cost. Proactively addressing discomfort levels therefore becomes an important business strategy.