Whether you are just beginning your ergonomic program, or you efforts are needing to be refreshed and reinforced, consider the following trends happening in ergonomics today, and how you may integrate them into efforts to improve ergonomic conditions in the workplace:
1. Sit-to-Stand Workstations
With regard to the popular business motto, “make something people want,” manufacturers of sit-to-stand desks are experiencing a booming consumer demand for these products unlike any other to-date in the field of ergonomics. And for good reason too: workers are generally happier and healthier when they vary periods of seated work with standing work throughout the day.
2. Accommodating the Aging Worker
It’s no secret that the average age among workers is increasing and will continue to do so in the coming years. Because of this, forward-thinking organizations are ramping up ergonomic solutions such as anti-fatigue matting, improved task-specific lighting, noise reduction, and greater overall adjustability of desks and workstations and accessories. Obviously, good design benefits all workers, regardless of age.
3. Proactive Ergonomic Initiatives
A profound shift is taking effect with ergonomics program management: away from reacting to MSDs, to preventing them from ever occurring in the first place. Naturally this is not fool proof—there will always be an element of human error-however this new approach to ergonomic workplace design integrates every possible measure to prevent common MSDs from ever occurring.
After all, the best way to show the value of investing in ergonomics is to show the dramatic cost reductions associated with eliminating worker injury.
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