How to Avoid the Most Common Workplace Injuries


How to Avoid the Most Common Workplace Injuries. Ergonomics, a scientific system of physical
movements and postures in the workplace, can help you avoid workplace injuries. You will need A sturdy, adjustable chair A
seat cushion A glare screen A document holder Arm or wrist rests Rollers or conveyor belts
and safety gear. Step 1. Assess the physical tasks in your average
workday. These range from small repetitive movements
while seated to tasks requiring standing, reaching, and carrying loads. Step 2. Use a sturdy, adjustable chair for seated
work. Use a cushion on your chair for lower back
support. Step 3. Position your computer screen slightly below
eye level for viewing comfort. Use a glare screen to avoid eyestrain, and
a document holder positioned at eye level near the computer screen. To help avoid visual fatigue, look away from
your computer’s screen once every 20 minutes. Step 4. Use arm or wrist rests for keyboard work and
align your keyboard’s letter B with your bellybutton. The keyboard’s reach position should be
slightly below elbow level. Keep your hand off the computer mouse when
you’re not using it to help avoid hand and wrist injuries. Step 5. Stretch your fingers, hands, arms, and torso
during your work day. Stand up and walk away from your workstation
and around the room when you can. Step 6. Learn how to lift loads ergonomically if your
job requires standing and physical tasks. Use your legs to do the work in lifting tasks,
not your upper body or back, and avoid twisting. Step 7. Use rollers or conveyor belts to move heavy
boxes or other loads. If your workplace doesn’t have rollers or
conveyors, push rather than pull the load. Step 8. Wear safety gear appropriate to each work
task, including proper footwear and knee and elbow pads. Did you know The science of ergonomics was
first documented in ancient Greece by Hippocrates in his account on how a surgeon’s workplace
should be designed.

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