Ergonomic Training

What is Ergonomic Training and its function

The ancient Greeks were probably amongst the first to understand the benefits of Ergonomics and Hippocrates is said to have prescribed how Surgeons should set out their workplace and the way tools should be positioned on their work tables.

Ergonomics can be defined as the study of designing equipment and tools to fit the human body, its movements and its cognitive abilities or simply put ‘Fitting the workplace to the individual’.

Many work related injuries are caused by repetitive motions, or poor postures adopted at workstations. By assessing the activities and the workplace layout, the interactions between people and equipment / machines and then redesigning the work layout or work flow, many workplace injuries can be avoided thereby improving employee attendance, wellbeing and morale and reducing injury and lost time.

Very often, if we are too familiar with a task, we often cannot see that it could be done differently.

Musculoskeletal disorders are injuries or disorders of the muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage, and spinal discs. Work-related musculoskeletal disorders are conditions in which:

  • The work environment and performance of work contribute significantly to the condition; and/or
  • The condition is made worse or persists longer due to work conditions

Musculoskeletal disorders are associated with high costs to employers such as absenteeism, lost productivity, and increased health care, disability, and worker’s compensation costs. Musculoskeletal disorders cases are more severe than the average nonfatal injury or illness.

Ergonomics is the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capability of the working population. The goal of ergonomics is to reduce stress and eliminate injuries and disorders associated with the overuse of muscles, bad posture, and repeated tasks. A workplace ergonomics program can aim to prevent or control injuries and illnesses by eliminating or reducing worker exposure to risk factors using engineering and administrative controls.

Who should have a workstation assessment?

If you suffer from any of the following complaints:

  • Headaches
  • Arm or neck pain
  • Tingling, numbness or pins and needles in your hands
  • Back pain
  • Poor posture at work
  • Pain symptoms which are suspected to be work related

RAMP TOOL

RAMP I is intended for identifying (screening) and assessing physical ergonomics risk factors when working with manual handling which may increase the risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Manual handling involves for example manual lifting, holding, pushing or pulling of . . .

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