How to Avoid Ergonomic Injuries in the Workplace

Anthea Healthy Living

Did you know that October was  “Global Ergonomics Month”?

That makes it a great time to get educated on ergonomic-related hazards that can cause musculoskeletal disorders. Musculoskeletal disorders can develop either suddenly or over time, often causing debilitating pain.

If you’re a business owner, these ergonomic issues can mean increased time missed by your employees and reduced productivity.

Top Causes of Ergonomic Injuries

The most common ergonomic-related, musculoskeletal injuries are neck, lower back, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand strains. Oftentimes, these injuries are caused by one or more of the following ergonomic-related factors:

  • Infrequent breaks
  • Exposure to excessive vibrations
  • Improper lifting techniques and repetitive movements
  • Poor posture

Preventing Ergonomics Injuries

If you’re an employee, you can protect yourself from ergonomic-related injuries by doing the following:

  • Ask your manager about common musculoskeletal disorders in your field.
  • Follow safety instructions from your manager.
  • Request safety information related to ergonomic safety. It may also be a good idea to request additional training.
  • Report any ergonomic issues to your manager.
  • Challenge your supervisors to recommend process changes that reduce ergonomic and musculoskeletal disorder risks.

If your workplace involves a lot of heavy lifting, here are 10 specific tips that will be helpful:

Although there are many ways to avoid musculoskeletal disorders, repetitive motion injuries and other ergonomic-related problems, one of the best ways to prevent pain is to recognize that your muscles require periodic rest. As you work, take regular breaks to stretch and rest your muscles.