This session will look at some of the basic principles of ergonomics so that you can use a commonsense approach to working safely. In particular, the information presented here will focus on musculoskeletal disorders, or MSDs, and how ergonomics helps prevent them.
Why “Industrial Ergonomics Training” Matters
- Ergonomics is the science of modifying jobs to fit the capabilities of the people who do them. Work-related MSDs result when there is a mismatch between the physical capability of workers and the physical demands of their jobs. Ergonomics helps resolve this mismatch.
- Ergonomics helps reduce MSDs that can result when the worker’s job requires repetitive reaching, using forceful exertions, bending and lifting, working with vibrating equipment, or other repetitive motions.
- Ergonomic engineering controls may change the design of a workstation, a production line, or the way a job is performed for the purpose of reducing MSDs.
- Ergonomics may introduce safe work practices, such as providing alternative tasks or allowing workers to rotate through different types of jobs throughout the day so that their exposure to risk factors is reduced.
- Finally, ergonomic personal protective equipment, or PPE, may be used to provide additional protection from MSDs.
- Learn how to recognize MSD signs and symptoms before they lead to serious health problems.
- Learn to recognize and understand MSD hazards, such as repetitive motions, awkward postures, use of force, and other hazards.
- Take the steps we’ve discussed in this session to control MSD hazards in your work area.
- Participate in our ergonomics program, and become an active part of our program to prevent and control MSDs.
Duration: 24 minutes