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Good news: The best way to promote good ergonomics in your company is to conduct THIS toolbox talk

by , 11 April 2014
A simple toolbox talk on the ergonomics of workstations can help your employees prevent debilitating work-related disability. Here are the two important things your employees need to know.

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What is ergonomics and why is it important to conduct a toolbox talk on it?

The Health & Safety Advisor explains that ergonomics is the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of employees. With proper ergonomics, you can ensure high productivity, avoid illness and injury risks and increase satisfaction among the workforce.

Good ergonomics also reduces work-related musculoskeletal disorders that can cause work-related disability. That's why it's important you do a toolbox talk on the ergonomics of workstations.

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A toolbox talk on the ergonomics of workstations must include these two things:

#1: Tell your employees that besides musculoskeletal disorders, poor ergonomics can cause:

  • Muscle aches;
  • Tiredness;
  • Eyestrain;
  • Tendonitis;
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome; and
  • Back injuries.

#2: You must stress that it's important that they eliminate ergonomic risk factors while working at their workstations. Advise them to eliminate these risks by practicing good posture at their desks.

Tell them that their keyboard should hit between the belly and the bottom of the rib cage and that it must at least long enough to allow 60cm to 70cm of workspace. They must sit with their shoulders relaxed, not elevated or hunched.

In addition, advise them to do the following:

  • Take frequent breaks when doing repetitive tasks like typing, handwriting, moving and clicking the mouse and using office equipment like staplers.
  • Exercise their hand muscles and relax a bit between long periods spent typing or writing.

There you have it. Conducting a toolbox talk on the ergonomics of workstations will help promote good ergonomics in your company.

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