Costly health and safety blunders that 2 out of 3 companies make every year.
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Principle 1: Maintain Neutral Posture
Apply these three ergonomic principles and prevent injuries
Sounds easy, but how many of us sit at our desks as though we're in a yoga class?
The body needs to be in line and balanced while sitting or standing. By aligning the joints, the body isn't under stress. The opposite is where the problem comes in; it's called an awkward posture which affects the wrists, elbows, shoulders and back.
Neutral postures minimise the stress applied to muscles, tendons and nerves.
Train your employees on how to sit. And sit properly with a straight back and neck. And remind them that slouching over the PC is a big no no.
Principle 2: Work within the comfort zone
When it comes to office safety, this is super important. The comfort zone is where the arms and back can lift the most with the least amount of effort.
When employees work within this zone, you're making sure that they're working from proper heights and reaches, which reduces MSD risk factors and allows for more efficient and pain-free work.
This makes life a bit easier for your Health & Safety Representative. Because when he notices employees reaching for things at a height or too far away from them, he'll know they're out of their comfort zone. You should really look into getting him trained properly in his role
. Once he is, he'll be able to run with these types of projects without holding your hand.
Principle 3: Stretch it out
Moving is what the body's designed to do. So with your employees sitting all day, their muscles get lazy. This then results in muscular disorders.
So what do you do? Encourage them to s-t-r-e-t-c-h!
How about setting an alarm every hour? Get them to stretch the shoulders, back, and legs. And why not throw in a few squats too? Don't forget those hard-working fingers and wrists.
Although everyone might be thinking you've lost the plot, you've just saved the day! Your employees stay healthy, production is optimized. And your company saves money!
Make sure you include these ergonomic principles in your risk assessments
and risk audit