Say Goodbye to Germs

The holidays are behind us now, but in terms of winter cold bugs and flu germs and viruses going around, it still “tis the season.” One way to protect yourself at home and work is to make use of cleanable, antimicrobial products such as the AliMed® Cleanable Wrist Rest.

The AliMed® Cleanable Wrist Rest uses the same soft gel technology that is part of our OR table pads and positioners to provide forearm cushioning with a sealed surface. In a wrist rest, this pressure-relieving material helps:

·      Put an end to wrist discomfort at the computer

·      Help prevent elbow pain while pipetting or manipulating lenses on a microscope

·      Increase user comfort, productivity and morale

AliMed Cleanable Wrist RestThe AliMed® Cleanable Wrist Rest is a great way to say bye-bye to germs in labs, home and office computer desks, clinics, and hospitals. To keep clean and resist contamination from liquid or dust, simply wipe the totally sealed surface with a mild disinfectant.

Click here for our full line of antimicrobial solutions for home and office

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Ergonomic Stocking Stuffers? YES! And…

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It’s Ergo Expo Time!

The 2015 National Ergonomics Conference & Ergo Expo – the largest ergonomics event in the nation – will be held next week November 17-20, at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.

The event kicks off with conferences on Tuesday the 17th, and the expo opening night reception that evening. Conference sessions and the expo continue Wednesday through Thursday afternoon, 11/19.

Come See AliMed at booth #402

AliMed, a leading sponsor of the Ergo Expo, will be at booth #402 to showcase all the latest ergonomic products, including office and industrial solutions, healthcare ergonomic products, tools for the aging population, and much more!

Hope to see you in Vegas!

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October is National Ergonomics Month

Why Ergonomics? Because Work Shouldn’t Hurt

Aches, pains, and injuries resulting from poor posture, force, and repetition 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, resulting in increased downtime and costs for employers.

It’s All About MSD Risk Reduction

The goal of ergonomics is to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and to prevent these injuries from ever occurring. Supporting a productive, injury-free workplace means equipping staff with ergonomic tools that are adjustable and designed to accommodate a wide range of body sizes and shapes.

Ergonomic Essentials

Ergonomists recommend equipping your facility or office with these must-have ergonomic solutions:

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

Height Adjustable Desks/Workstations Accommodates staff of all heights and allows for seated work option. Moving throughout the day is a healthier option too.

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

Keyboards & 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 paper documents and doing computer work requires a 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.

Solutions for Any Workplace

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

▪        Improved comfort

▪        Increased productivity

▪        Improved morale

▪        Reduced costs associated with injury and downtime

 See AliMed’s full line of Ergonomic & Safety Solutions here

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Hand Protection: Why it Matters

712482A_d_280x280Ensuring that your employees are equipped with task-appropriate hand protection is imperative as it supports worker safety and productivity, product quality, and organizational profitability.

Are Workers Wearing the Gloves?

There was a day when protective gloves were cumbersome and bulky, stiff, and non-breathable, which resulted in a lack of grip, and hot, uncomfortable hands for the worker. In many cases, workers simply chose not to wear hand protection due to discomfort and lack of dexterity.

New Materials Have Changed the Game

All that has changed thanks to new high-performance materials that are cut-resistant, allow the precise grip employees’ want, and are lightweight and breathable – even colorful. In addition, the new generation of protective gloves are easy to keep clean and care for, and thus last longer, making them a better PPE investment.

Hand Protection: Why it Matters

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), injuries to the hand are now the second most prevalent work-related injury, with an average cost of $6000 to $7000 per claim.

The bottom line on hand protection is:

  • Worker productivity improves when tasks that require precision and dexterity are made easier to accomplish, and more safe
  • Morale increases when workers feel supported with appropriate PPE
  • New easy to care for, more durable glove materials deliver better return on investment

See AliMed’s full line of hand protection here

 

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Ergonomic Essentials for Healthcare

doctor-in-hospital-150x150It’s no secret that hospitals and healthcare facilities provide some very distinct challenges compared to most other workplaces. For example, healthcare is non-stop – it happens 24/7, 365 days a year – which means the facility must accommodate staff of all shapes and sizes during around-the-clock shifts.

The work is demanding too, as the staff must regularly multi-task while combining periods of physical work with periods of highly skilled knowledge work. In fact, in 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that healthcare workers suffer from the highest numbers of ergonomic-type musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

Supporting a productive, injury-free staff means equipping them with the necessary ergonomic components that are adjustable and designed to accommodate the wide range of body sizes and shapes that comprise healthcare workers today.

Ergonomists have identified these essential components to an ergonomic healthcare setting:

 Seating Look for durability, support, and maximum adjustability to accommodate staff of varying heights and weight

 Lumbar supports An easy and cost-effective way to ensure added lower back support to all staff

 Mobile carts & wall mounts Ease of use and mobility help reduce nurse stress and fatigue and keep data readily accessible

 Anti-fatigue matting Reduces standing fatigue, improves productivity, and helps prevent slips and fall

 Height adjustable desks/workstations Accommodates staff of all heights and allows for seated work option too

 Monitor arms Makes the monitor easily adjustable to each workers eye level, reducing eye and neck strain

 Palms/wrist supports Provides support and allows users hand to freely move above the keyboard while typing

 Keyboards & keyboard support systems An ergonomic keyboard/keyboard tray at the correct height for each worker helps keep wrists straight and elbows open slightly beyond 90 degrees

 Computer mice/input devices The best computer mice keep your arm relaxed while using the device, thus reducing muscle tension in the arm and wrist

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

Learn more about these and other key healthcare ergonomic resources here

 

 

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Beat the Heat with Evaporative PPE

For a wide-range of industries and high-risk tasks, PPE – Personal Protective Equipment – plays a valued role in reducing employee exposure to potentially hazardous working conditions. And this time of year, with temperatures heating up, worker heat fatigue is a very real risk. Indeed, long sunny days and hot, humid conditions – inside the warehouse or outdoors – take a toll on workers and their productivity.

PPE Solution: Evaporative Products

PPE products such as the Chill-Its evaporative series provide instant relief from summer heat and help to keep workers comfortable throughout their shift. The Chill-Its line includes bandanas, towels, and cooling vests713484_280x280 – each providing instant cooling relief and helping to reduce the risks of heat fatigue.

Evaporative PPE products help workers:

✓ Stay cool all day

✓ Avoid the effects of heat fatigue

✓ Maintain productivity throughout their shifts

In addition to evaporative PPE solutions, make sure workers stay hydrated, use sunscreen, and have access to shade when ever possible.

Remember, your employees are your most valuable resource and evaporative PPE can keep them safe and productive all day.

Now when ordering, use code COOL15 for 15% off these items – valid through August 31st

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Work Shouldn’t Be a Pain

shutterstock_93499285Work injuries associated with poor posture, overexertion and repeated tasks are costly. The good news is they are preventable in most cases, if you know what ergonomic issues to look for, and these risks can often be eliminated with early intervention.

Perform regular ergonomic assessments, and keep an eye out for these common risk factors:

• Improper workstation setup

• Overexertion from lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, reaching or stretching

• Repetitive motions

• Working in awkward positions

• Sitting or standing too long in one position

• Using excessive force

Learn more about ergonomic assessments and solutions here

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June is National Safety Month!

shutterstock_94438996It’s no secret that employees perform more efficiently when they feel comfortable and safe. The way to support this at your organization is simple: design ergonomic risks out of the workplace, and provide workers with high-quality safety and ergonomic solutions that support their efforts.

Ergonomics: Essential to Workplace Safety

When ergonomics and safety are paired as part of a productivity improvement strategy, the results go way beyond compliance and injury prevention. Ergonomics and safety directly support increased worker morale, improved product quality, reduced turnover, increased job satisfaction, employee engagement, and increased profits for your organization.

Remember, employees are your most valuable resource and ensuring they are equipped with the best safety and ergonomic solutions available is an essential part of sustaining profitable business operations today. AliMed provides one stop workplace safety and ergonomics for your entire organization.

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The Must-Have Workplace Safety & Ergonomics Resource

The 2015-2016 AliMed Ergonomics Catalog is here, and full of a broad range of ergonomic solutions to meet your workplace needs. If you haven’t already received your copy, be sure to request one at AliMed.com!

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