Ergonomics and Safety: A Winning Partnership

Ergonomics and Safety are two distinct human factors sciences. However, when the two are paired as part of a productivity improvement effort, they complement injury prevention strategies, improve systems & product design, and improve overall worker safety.

More Than Injury Prevention

Ergonomics involves more than helping to keep workers injury free. In fact, ergonomics as part of worker safety strategy goes beyond simply adjusting workstation components to better fit the user, and also plays a vital role in:

  • Improving worker morale
  • Increasing job satisfaction
  • Successful and efficient task accomplishment
  • Positively impacting an organization’s overall productivity and profitability.

Ensuring that your facilities, offices and staff are supported and equipped with the right ergonomic components is an essential part of business today. Maintaining a safe, ergonomic workspace differentiates your organization from the competition and helps attract and retain a productive workforce.

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Essential Ergonomic Solutions for Any Workplace

When it comes to ergonomics, we often talk about challenges pertaining to workers in traditional office settings. However, staff in manufacturing facilities and healthcare settings, for example, deal with many of the same issues and challenges found in these workplaces. Multi-tasking while combining periods of physical work with periods of computer work is often the norm for these workers. Fortunately, ergonomics can play an invaluable role in keeping them healthy and productive at work.

Start with These Ergonomic Essentials

Supporting a productive, injury-free staff in any facility means equipping them with ergonomic tools that are adjustable and designed to accommodate the wide range of body sizes and shapes. As a start, ergonomists recommend equipping your industrial and healthcare staff with the following ergonomic solutions:

 Stools and Seating 
Durability, support, mobility, and maximum adjustability are required to accommodate staff of varying heights and weight

 Height Adjustable Desks and Workstations
Accommodates staff of all heights and allows for seated work option too

 Monitor Arms and Monitor Risers 
Allow for easy adjustability for each worker, helping to reduce eye and neck strain

 Keyboards and Keyboard Support Systems 
Ergonomic keyboard/keyboard trays adjustable to the correct height for each worker help keep wrists straight and elbows open slightly beyond 90 degrees, whether sitting or standing

 Task Lighting 
Accurately reading reports and other paper documents requires optimum task-specific light without the glare and reflection caused by overhead lighting schemes

 Anti-Fatigue Matting 
Reduces standing fatigue, improves productivity, and helps prevent slips and falls.

Learn more about these and all other industrial and healthcare ergonomic solutions here

 

 

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Shop now and get up to 40% off these stocking stuffers and gifts for all your staff from AliMed!

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Ergo Essentials: Proper Office Lighting

For decades, office lighting schemes were designed around the belief that more light would lead to better visual performance—the brighter, the better—and to a more productive workforce. Turns out the only measurable results from an over-lit workplace are increased energy costs and a variety of ergonomic and human factors issues—including eyestrain and headaches which ultimately have a negative impact on worker productivity. This condition is known as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)—something OSHA says affects up to 90 percent of office workers.

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Key issues faced by today’s architects, designers, facilities managers, and ergonomists include supporting the unique lighting requirements of different tasks and facilitating the varying lighting needs of different-aged workers.

The good news is that advances in technology and workspace design are changing the rules and practice of office lighting, and today there are smarter solutions available for lighting a healthier, more comfortable, and more productive workplace. In fact, one study from the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lighting Quality and Office Work, highlights the relationship between office lighting and worker productivity, suggesting that appropriate task visibility is the aspect of lighting that directly affects performance.

78332_d_280x280The Solution? Task-Specific Lighting

Ergonomists tell us that it is best to view computer monitors in dim settings–less ambient light is needed overhead because the monitors emit light.

However, tasks such as reading paper documents require more task-specific lighting that allows for clear viewing without the glare and reflection caused by overlit ambient lighting schemes.

Which Task Light is Right For You?

With so many types of task lights available today, it can be a challenge to know what to look for when making a purchase.

The first feature to look for in a task light is to ensure that it casts the appropriate amount of glare-free light on a work surface. Second, look for lights that are easy to reposition for varied desktop tasks. Third, keep in mind that compact fluorescents and LED lights with electronic ballasts provide a “cool” light source and cost-savings due to their reduced energy usage. Cool lighting is best used for visual tasks, such as reading a document, because it produces higher contrast.

Learn more and see our task lighting solutions here!

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Are you ready for Ergo Expo 2014?

The 2014 Ergo Expo – the largest ergonomics event in the nation – will be held next month at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. Ergo Expo kicks off with conferences and the opening night reception Tuesday December 2rd, and then the expo, which runs Wednesday December 3rd through Thursday afternoon December 4th.

Come See AliMed at booth #211

AliMed, a leading sponsor of the Ergo Expo, will be at booth #211 to showcase all the latest ergonomic products, including office and industrial solutions, healthcare ergonomic products, and tools for the aging population. Plus, if you’re feeling some Vegas luck, we’ll be giving away a new iPad mini and much more!

Hope to see you in Vegas!

http://www.ergoexpo.com/

 

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Ergonomics = Safety in Any Workplace

Supportive, easy-to-use ergonomic products and accessories play an essential role in supporting the overall health and safety of workers in any workplace and provide the following benefits:

▪   Improved comfort

▪   Increased productivity

▪   Improved morale

▪   Reduced costs associated with injury and downtime

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Everyone Wins with Good Ergonomics

National Ergonomics Month, Week 4 theme: Worker safety in any workplace

Supporting a productive, injury-free staff in any facility means equipping them with ergonomic tools that are adjustable and designed to accommodate the wide range of body sizes and shapes. Regardless of the workplace, ergonomists recommend equipping your facility or office with the following ergonomic solutions:

 Stools and Seating Durability, support, mobility, and maximum adjustability are required to accommodate staff of varying heights and weight.

 Sit/Stand Workcenters Accommodates staff of all heights and allows for seated work option too.

 Monitor Arms/Monitor Risers Allows for easy adjustability for each worker, helping to reduce eye and neck strain.

 Ergonomic Mouse Ergonomically designed computer mice and input devices help prevent fatigue from overuse and combat carpal tunnel syndrome by keeping hands and wrists in a natural position and arms relaxed.

 Keyboards & Keyboard Support Systems Ergonomic keyboard/keyboard trays adjustable to the correct height for each worker helps keep wrists straight and elbows open slightly beyond 90 degrees, whether sitting or standing.

 Task lighting Accurately reading reports and other paper documents require optimum task-specific light without the glare and reflection caused by overhead lighting schemes.

 Anti-fatigue Matting Reduces standing fatigue, improves productivity, and helps prevent slips and falls.

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The Importance of an Ergonomic Mouse

Tip of the week: Work safely with an ergonomic mouse/computer input device

Ergonomically designed computer mice and input devices help prevent fatigue from overuse and combat carpal tunnel syndrome by keeping hands and wrists in a natural position and arms relaxed.

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Keep Up the Good Posture!

Tip of the week: Keep your body well positioned for a more comfortable, productive workday

Aches, pains, and injuries resulting from poor posture and discomfort are costly yet preventable in most cases with simple, ergonomic solutions. These injuries often present only minimal symptoms at first but gradually worsen and may even become debilitating. The goal of ergonomics is to prevent these injuries from ever occurring.

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Did you know? October is National Ergonomics Month!

October 2014 is National Ergonomics Month (NEM), and we’re celebrating!

The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, as a way to highlight the benefits of ergonomics to corporate executives, students, and the general public, established NEM in 2003. So, here at AliMed, we are celebrating NEM 2014 with great weekly deals on ergonomic products, and new, informative resources that will showcase the benefits of creating a healthy, ergonomic workspace.

Learn more here!

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