Sunday, April 17, 2005

Increasing ergonomic awareness

HAS it ever crossed your mind that your working place and the devices that you are in contact with could be hazardous if they are not used properly? Most people would not consider this issue seriously, but the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) in collaboration with Japanese International Cooperation Agency (Jica) is aggressively promoting ergonomics for workers’ well-being, especially those working in the office and using computers.

He says ergonomic improvement is important especially in business management as it prevents work-related health disorders (musculoskeletal, stress-related), reduces human errors (in work systems and information technology) and enhances productivity (better use of resources and skills).
“For example, providing chair of correct height with good back rest, ensuring safe wiring connections for supplying electricity to equipment and providing resting corners with comfortable facilities and refreshing drinks are some of the good practices that employers can do for their workers to create a safe and healthy work environment,” he adds. (Via e-media)

JICA - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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