Inadequate workstation setup is a major contributor to inefficiency and musculoskeletal injuries in the office. This is usually because office ergonomics principles are not followed. Because ergonomic risks can be subtle, and injuries often occur due to the cumulative effect of poor posture, it is easy for ergonomic hazards to be overlooked.
- Office Ergonomics training helps your staff understand best practice principles
- Video-based online office ergonomics training
- Ergonomics in the Office Training competency-based course
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Ergonomic Essentials for the Office Training Course (18 minutes + quizzes)
Health and Safety Research indicates poor ergonomics costs organisations and the community millions per year. An employee only needs to injure themselves on one occasion and they could have problems for the rest of their life.
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Inadequate workstation setup is a major contributor to inefficiency and musculoskeletal injuries in the office. This is usually because ergonomic principles are not followed. Because ergonomic risks can be subtle, and injuries often occur due to the cumulative effect of poor posture, it is easy for ergonomic hazards to be overlooked.
Ergonomics is the study of how we interact with our working environment and how these interactions can be improved so that productivity and our well-being is maximized. The solutions are usually relatively simple and only require a few minor and inexpensive modifications.
This program includes advice and ergonomics training on:
- Ergonomic case studies
- Adjusting your workstation
- Adjusting laptop computers
- Postures, movement and stretching
Why is Office Workstation Ergonomics Important
Prevention of musculoskeletal disorders related to repetitive strain injuries for the health and safety of workers and reduction of inefficiency that leads to increased productivity of workers is the main goal of Office Ergonomics. The design of furniture, interfaces with machines and other equipment, spacing and fit between the worker and the work station are all major elements in this field. Taking these factors into account can reduce the instances of long term disability due to unsuitable tasks, functions, or worker environment. Risks to ignoring ergonomics usually manifest only after years of consistent strain, making it very easy to discount or overlook.
Workers can take courses to help themselves understand best practice principles. This understanding then can be used to prevent self harm over the use of technology in the correct fashion. Some of the factors to be considered are the job or activity being done, and the information transmission process including how it is presented, accessed, altered, and resent. Setting up office work spaces incorrectly due to not following office ergonomic principles is a significant contributor to lost productivity. This can range from additional sick days taken due to strained muscles and eyes to lack of concentration caused by poor posture.
Avoiding these risks is the goal of office Ergonomics training. For a low $50 fee one can take a short course of about 30 minutes that includes an 18 minute video and online course quizzes. This can save your business a lot of money in injury claims, lost productivity, and training of new employees to replace those who injure themselves. On the job musculoskeletal disorders manifest with persistent pain and the reduction of functional capacity. Diagnosis of such issues can be delayed for years as the pain gradually worsens. Ergonomic training programs reduce workers’ compensation costs while enhancing productivity.
Learning basic best office ergonomic practices can help each worker identify inadequate workstation design issues. Often times these issues can be corrected with inexpensive modifications in how different components are set up. Learning what the ergonomic principles are and how to detect when they are not being used can ultimately lead to increased worker output, job satisfaction, and employee retention. After taking this training course employees should:
- be able to relate to ergonomic case studies
- understand how to adjust a workstation
- grasp the significance of the shape and form of the chair
- figure out the ideal height of the monitor and contrast on the screen
- tabulate the ideal height of the desk or work surface
- identify the ideal angle and type of keyboard
- understand proper use and angle for the mouse or trackball
- alter phone use to avoid repetitive injuries
- the ideal way to adjust laptop computers
- the proper posture, when to move or exercise, and how to stretch safely,
Combined together it is easy to see why office ergonomics are vital to any office based business. Employees and employers alike should know the basics of ergonomics to avoid inefficiency and long term injury.