Back pain is one of the most common work-related injuries and is often caused by ordinary work activities such as sitting in an office chair or heavy lifting. Applying ergonomic principles – the study of the workplace as it relates to the worker – can help prevent work-related back pain and back injury and help maintain a healthy back.
“Mold the pot, or else the pot will mold you!” Things that surround man must not control nor dictate his actions, his welfare lies in his own hands and into the four corners of his place. He should make plans in order for his place to fit him and him to fit the place. The success of his job depends on every little details of everything he sees in his workplace. No matter what the job is. The goal is to make sure that he is safe, comfortable, and less prone to work-related injuries.
Ergonomics look at what kind of work a man do, the tools he uses and his whole job environment, finding the best fit between him and his job.
The role of the place where people work has never been more important, especially considering that creating INNOVATIVE work environments provides companies with high performance facilities they need to attract and retain talented, motivated employees. The value of improving facilities and work practices can be seen to create not only more efficient, but more effective workplaces that offer increased benefits to all stakeholders, including building owners, managers, occupants, and the Nigerian public.
Research studies have revealed that when employees do not have control over their individual work environment (e.g. lighting, ergonomics, climate control and quiet space), it negatively affects their physical health and mental disposition leading to increased absenteeism, employee dissatisfaction, inferior work products and unsatisfactory customer service. Such studies make clear that failing to provide space, systems, furniture, and technology that optimize occupants’ performance can have detrimental long-term effects- reducing the organization’s performance and increasing operational expenses.
Posture, movement and manual handling at work will be dictated by the task and the workplace, the body’s muscles, ligaments and joints involved in adopting posture, carrying out a movement and applying a force. Poor posture, movement and poor manual handling can contribute to local mechanical stress on the muscles, ligaments, and joints resulting in the complaints of the neck, back, shoulder and other parts of the musculoskeletal system. Manual handling which is the main method by which office workers carry out their duties exposes them to a lot of workplace musculoskeletal System. (WMSD)
WMSD continue to be a major source of disability and lost work time, understanding their causes, and especially those that are work-related, remains the key to primary prevention. Assessing exposure of workers to known ergonomic risk factors is essential to determine which part of a job or task contributes to this growing problems. In order to prevent these workplace musculoskeletal disorders, your company must enter into a proactive, systematic approach to ergonomics. This means to identify the risk factors before they cause a lost work day or a serious injury.
A workplace ergonomic assessment can identify risk factors like poor working postures, repetitive tasks and heavy workloads by using a variety of data capture to optimize the comfort and productivity of office workers and minimize their risks of suffering musculoskeletal disorders. Ergonomic workstation assessments are a vital part of the HEALTHCARE STRATEGY for your company because most of your workstations are potential sources of risk and liability and your employees deserve workstations that have been given an assessment by an expert.
TO help organizations realize these financial and productivity benefits, Ageless Physiotherapy Clinics actively promote and espouse innovative workplace strategies, tools, and techniques. After years of conducting extensive workplace research and tracking industry-wide best practices, we have found that simple workplace changes can significantly improve employee performance and operating costs.
In the world of work there are two facts that we know for sure: When employees are in discomfort, they are less productive and when employees experience unresolved discomfort, there is a high probability of injury.
At Ageless Physiotherapy Clinic, we have developed a thorough and comprehensive system of worksite analysis that identifies the risk factors that contribute to an employee’s discomfort, as well as practical recommendations that address the problems. Targeting both the seated and non-seated workstations, our evaluators are well versed in the research and identification of solutions for ergonomic hazards in the workplace. By merging our technology services with the expertise of our evaluators, we bring new dimensions to the ergonomic evaluation process as well as the potential for greatly increased and effective outreach.
THE PROCESS OF WORKPLACE ERGONOMICS INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT.
Innovative workplaces are cost-effective, flexible, and sustainable work environments that support organizational change and collaborative work styles. The end goal of an innovative workplace is to provide high performance work environments that maximize employee’s productivity and reduce long term operating expenses and prevent workplace musculoskeletal injuries. Designing innovative workplaces requires new ways of thinking about the virtual and physical aspects of the space- tying together people, space, and technology to support changing and more progressive business practices.
Ergonomics aims to make sure that tasks, equipment, information and the environment fit each worker. Employees may suffer workplace ergonomic injuries and illnesses when work tasks including reaching, bending over, lifting heavy objects, using continues force, working with vibrating equipment, and or performing repetitive motions.
Musculoskeletal disorders continue to be a major source of disability and lost work time, understanding their causes, and especially those that are work related, remains the key to primary prevention. Assessing exposure of workers to known ergonomic risk factors is essential to determine which part of a job or task contributes to this growing problem. In order to prevent these workplace musculoskeletal disorders your company must enter into a proactive, systematic approach to ergonomics.
What Are Your Objectives?
1. Develop effective workplace ergonomic specifications and procurement template for your office facility and equipment.
2. Empower the staff about proper workplace ergonomic awareness.
3. Create an effective workplace ergonomics audit and training
4. Develop workplace ergonomics training for the old and new employees.
5. Conduct baseline workplace ergonomics risk factor analysis of adjustable and non-adjustable office furniture.
6. Maintain high levels of productivity and workers satisfaction.
What Are The Basic Steps to Take?
1. Identify the hazards with the use of internationally approved assessment tools.
2. Setting up the infrastructures with the use of internationally approved ergonomics plans
3. Basic employee awareness training
4. Large worksite ergonomic audit
5. Ergonomics tools procurement, workstation set up and new office ergonomic design.
Are you struggling with addressing ergonomic issues with a large group of employees? Are you concerned that individual evaluations may be too costly? When a large work area or group of workstations needs to be reviewed, a worksite audit might be a good solution.
We have deep experience in analysis of workstations in all types of industries. Why don’t you ask us to show you how we can help your organization develop effective workplace ergonomic design.