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A Brief History: The Evolution of Ergonomics

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In the 1940s, an advancement of machinery and equipment during and post-World War II lead to a disharmony between people and the equipment they were using. There was an increased risk of human error and poor user performance. In order to avoid negative effects of human limitations, equipment had to be designed to take advantage of human capabilities consequently, establishing the scientific discipline we know today as Ergonomics. While the early focus of ergonomics was on aviation and aircraft controls, it has become a standard practice in designing computers, cars, and other consumer products.

With 33% of work-related injuries being caused by poor work station setup, occupational ergonomics is a top priority for many employers and employees. Over the years, there has been a shift in the way companies look at ergonomics. Companies were reactive when addressing proper ergonomics, oftentimes waiting to react to injuries or employee complaints, whereas today, the approach is proactive. Companies use tools, equipment, and best practices to prevent injuries and reduce the level of exposure. Companies are now encouraged to have integrated design phases, which take equipment, products, layout, and standard ergonomic guidelines into account when designing workspaces. Another shift in the discipline has been the method of assessment. Years ago, employees would attend classroom training sessions, in-person evaluations by a certified staff member, and chair-fitting rooms. Today, there is a stronger emphasis on employee-driven, in-office assessments. Chairs and workstations offer full range of adjustability, workstation design is based on computer use, and employees are able to assess and adjust their own workstations.

Here at Relax The Back, we continue to learn and improve our knowledge on ergonomics, and the tools and equipment that can be used to reduce and prevent injuries.  Read more information on ergonomics or visit your local Relax The Back store to speak with one of our trained specialists about a free workstation assessment.

 

Visual Guide to Office Ergonomics

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A comfortable workspace can make a big difference in your physical health, productivity, stress level and energy throughout the day.  If most of your work takes place at a desk, you are likely to suffer from pains and strains, loss of productivity and loss of alertness.

With proper office ergonomics you can avoid these pains and strains and stay comfortable at work.  From proper chair height to monitor angles, follow this visual guide to office ergonomics and be on your way to a happier, healthier workspace.

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Ergonomic Workstations: Office Phone Habits

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Placement and use of your phone at the office is an important aspect of an ergonomic workstation. Being hands-free with a headset or a loudspeaker can help prevent injury and stress.

Phones add convenience to the workspace but they can also lead to strains and injury. Repeatedly reaching for a phone placed too far away results in shoulder, arm and neck strains. If you hold your phone between your shoulder and neck for prolonged periods of time, this too, can cause neck pain and stress.

Follow this ergonomic guide to avoid unnecessary strain and pain:

  • Place your phone in a spot close to you, where you will minimize repeated reaching.
  • Use a hands-free headset if you spend a lot of time on the phone.
  • Use speakerphone, provided you are aware of the volume level and you’re considerate of any co-workers around you.

For more information on Ergonomic workstations and solutions, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit your local Relax The Back location for a custom assessment on the proper phone placement for you.