Ergonomics refers to the interaction of the human body with work tasks and work settings. The goal of ergonomics is to design tasks, tools, furniture, and equipment in a way that minimizes risk of injury and improves efficiency. The principles of ergonomics can be applied in any setting. When we propose the use of good ergonomics, we are suggesting that you think about some of the tasks and activities you are doing and consider if there are ways to minimize the physical stresses on your body. This can include simple things like improving your posture when you sit or stand, or the way you might lift, reach for, or move objects.   

Suggested Ways to Use Good Ergonomics

Here are some examples of how you might use good ergonomics. If you find it difficult to lift things from shelves that are located above your eye level, you might move the items or shelf heights to a lower level to reduce the physical stress. Your health-care providers can help you learn the best way to lift items from the floor using the appropriate postures, movements, or assistive devices, depending upon your needs. If you encounter problems at work, you may want to ask if ergonomic evaluation services are available for your work area.

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