Ergonomics: This Week’s Theme for National Safety Month

2332-COM-2013NSM-495x150Ergonomics is one of those workplace safety concerns that isn’t always easily understood. It can be difficult to comprehend because it applies to a wide range of concerns and PPE.

The best definition that we’ve seen is courtesy of the CDC. It states: “Ergonomics is the scientific study of people at work. The goal of  ergonomics is to reduce stress and eliminate injuries and disorders associated with the overuse of muscles, bad posture and repeated tasks.”

The CDC pretty much sums it up, and the definition shows just how widespread ergonomics is. It truly covers pretty much every motion that happens during the workday. It even includes sitting properly at your desk.

Ergonomics also applies differently to workers depending upon each job. For example, material handling applications likely require a back belt for added support and material handling gloves to protect the hands from repetitive lifting. The average office worker should be concerned with the chair they sit in and any tools they can use to make repetitive keyboard use less of a hazard. A construction worker who frequently operates power tools may require antivibration gloves.

It’s easy to see why ergonomics is an intimidating safety topic to approach. The product offering is extensive, and requirements are specific to each workplace. A good guide to learning more about ergonomics is on the CDC website. Study what the site has to offer or get in touch with the experts at Mallory Safety & Supply to determine what your workplace needs to ensure that workers have a proper ergonomics program in place.