Thursday, September 27, 2007

Take aches and pains out of your workplace

More tips on an ergonomic workplace ...

"Occupational therapist Karen Jacobs stumbled into the study of ergonomics quite by accident. She walked into her children's computer classroom in middle school and was horrified. "Everything was a mismatch," she remembers about the chairs, tables, and computers. "I thought, 'Oh my gosh, they are predisposing themselves to discomfort.' "

There were a range of sixth-graders, some as tall as 6 feet and others only 4 feet, all trying to work on the same size terminals, some hunched over and others stretched to their limit. Jacobs volunteered to reconfigure the workstations. "I didn't want to see the next generation have the same aches and pains that we see today with adults," she said.

... The details

Speak to a professional: Consult an occupational therapist, certified ergonomist, or occupational health nurse who can assist you in determining what equipment you need.

Hands on: Always try the product before purchasing it and make sure you understand the return policy before leaving the store. Buy products from a reputable company that uses evidence-based research to back up its designs.

Take a break: Change your posture throughout the day and try to take a stretch break every 20-30 minutes. If you have a difficult time remembering to take a break, software such as Para Technologies' Stretch Break will intermittently remind you.

Neck smart: Instead of staring down at papers that are flat on your desk, use document holders on either side of the computer monitor to help keep your head upright, causing less strain. Likewise, don't cradle your phone with your neck; wireless headsets help keep your head in a neutral position."    (Continued via The Boston Globe)    [Ergonomics Resources]

Measuring The Workplace - Ergonomics

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