What is Ergonomics and Why is it so Important?

Ergonomics is the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the employee. Ergonomics considers the capabilities and limits of the worker as he or she interacts with tools, equipment, work methods, tasks and the working environment. A goal of ergonomics is to reduce work-related musculoskeletal disorders by adapting the work to fit the person.

The benefits of ergonomics include decreased injuries, illnesses, and workers' compensation costs, increased efficiency at work, increased physical well being, decreased absenteeism and turnover, and increased employee morale.