Ergonomics is the science of designing a workplace to fit the individual so that tasks can be performed more comfortably and efficiently. It includes such things as desk height, chair design, workstation layout, and accessories. The goal of ergonomics is to reduce fatigue, discomfort, and risk of injury in the workplace.
Unfortunately, many employers fail to implement ergonomics properly or consistently, contributing to an increased risk of workplace injuries. When used as intended, ergonomics can help you have a safer, happier workspace that benefits all employees. Here is what you need to know.
Identifying Poor Ergonomic Conditions
To start with, it’s important to identify any potential hazards or poor ergonomic conditions in your work environment. Some common pitfalls include:
- Inadequate lighting or ventilation
- Chairs or desks that are not adjustable
- Computer displays that are too far away
- Keyboards and mice that are too large for your hands
If any of these conditions exist in your work environment, chances are you will experience discomfort or fatigue over time.
Improving Your Work Environment
Once you have identified areas where improvements are needed, it’s time to make changes! If possible, talk to your employer about making changes such as adding adjustable chairs or desks so that employees can customize their workspace for comfort and efficiency. Make sure all equipment is properly sized for each employee—for example, if you have smaller hands, consider using a keyboard with smaller keys and either a wireless mouse or one with a shorter reach distance.
Additionally, ensure that all workstations have adequate lighting so employees don’t strain their eyes trying to see their screens clearly. Finally, encourage regular breaks throughout the day so employees can get up from their desks and stretch their legs every few hours.
Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
While not all work injuries can be prevented, employers who take the necessary precautions and steps to reduce the risks can help better protect their workers. At Leonard Law Group, we help injured employees pursue workers’ compensation claims and get back on their feet. Schedule a free consultation with our team today by calling (312) 487-2513.