Ergonomics Case Study

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Ergonomics and Repetitive Strain Injury

Ergonomics is concerned about the ideal fit between people or employees, and the things they do, the machines and, or objects they use and the environment they work in. According to Helander, (2006) the International Ergonomics Association (IEA, 2000) defines the concept of ergonomics as follow:

Ergonomics is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance (p. 6).

Safety is essential to ergonomics, “According to Bellis (2007), the goal of ergonomics in the workplace is to prevent injuries,
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Incorporating ergonomics in the organisation is important because it helps the employees to protect themselves from harming their bodies. According to the University of Michigan (2015) “ergonomics is a field of study that attempts to reduce strain, fatigue, and injuries by improving product design and workspace arrangement. The goal is a comfortable, relaxed posture” (Why computer ergonomics? para. 2). If ergonomics is implemented in the correct way, there would be minor cases of repetitive strain…show more content…
Keyboards that are too high or too low may lead to very awkward, shoulder, arm and wrist postures. They are also at risk for occupational overuse injury.
E Feet should be supported and flat on the ground. However if this is not practical, the feet should be supported by a foot rest. If both your feet are not touching the ground, it means the problem is with your chair. In relation to that problem the company will need to buy a footrest to support your feet.
F Ergonomic stretches are important and should be compulsory. Foot rotations, finger stretches, wrist stretches are just a few number of exercises that should be done at the workstation. Workers who have not been trained in the correct manner on how to recognize the potential hazards or the effectiveness of work practice are at greater risk of harm and injury. Without the correct awareness, signs of Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) may go unnoticed. (Cornell University. 2015). (United States, Department of Labour. n.d.).
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