Ergonomics is an emerging field that is generally defined as fitting a workplace to the needs of the worker with the aim of increasing efficiency and productivity and decreasing discomfort. Ergonomics is an applied science that aims to learn about human abilities and limitations, and then apply this learning to improve people’s interactions with products, systems, and environments.
Why is Ergonomics Important?
Our goal is to reduce and eliminate Musculoskeletal Disorders, or MSDs, in the workplace. MSDs are chronic injuries to muscles, tendons, nerves, joints, and blood vessels which are caused by too many forceful exertions, repetitive motions, or sustained awkward postures. Poor daily posture while you are sitting, standing, or walking can also contribute to MSDs. The costs of MSDs are very high and contribute to 46% of all days lost from work, according to the Ministry of Labour. Introducing an ergonomics program into your workplace will come with some upfront costs, but will save you in the long run by improving work processes, improving the health and well-being of your staff, and lowering work-related injuries.