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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National Ergonomics Month pre-sale!

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3 Important Trends in Ergonomics

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.

For more on these ergonomic solutions, please visit www.alimed.com/ergonomics

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The Value of Ergonomics to an Organization

Digital-Healthcare-150x150In the context of workplace health and safety initiatives, ergonomics remains a priority issue being addressed by employers today.

The primary reason is that poor ergonomic conditions result in a higher incidence of costly musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Yet, despite several decades of increased attention given to occupational ergonomics and improving ergonomic conditions, MSD injury rates remain high in industrial sectors. In fact, in Humantech’s 2012 benchmark study, Elements of Effective Ergonomics Program Management, some participating companies attributed up to 75% of worker injuries to poor ergonomic conditions.

Beyond the direct costs of MSDs, these often-preventable injuries also translate to reduced productivity, poor morale among employees, and higher worker turnover.

This highlights the importance of addressing poor ergonomics in the workplace by taking a comprehensive, strategic approach to the reduction, and prevention of MSDs.

The good news is that there are proven strategies and ergonomic resources available for organizations serious about improving ergonomic conditions.

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#DidYouKnow: 5 Important Facts about Ergonomics

Business Woman thinking1. As an applied science, ergonomics is a relatively new discipline. Here in the US, it all began about 65 years ago when scientists, engineers, and physiologists realized that product and systems design should consider the human user of those products and systems. Thus, the discipline of ergonomics was born.

2. Ergonomic design makes tasks easier to accomplish and helps keep workers safe. That’s it.

3. Ergonomics and safety are distinct human factors sciences. However, when coupled, they complement injury prevention strategies, improve systems & product design, and improve overall worker safety.

4. Ergonomics encompasses more than just worker safety. In fact, the science of ergonomics goes beyond 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.

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

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Want to give your workspace an affordable ergonomic tune-up?

 Great, because it’s Retrofit Week! 

When the ‘economics of ergonomics’ need a helping hand at your office, consider improving the ergonomics of your workplace with some simple and affordable retrofits:

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How is that chair of yours, really? Increase comfort and support easily with seat pads and lumbar cushions. After all, you spend a great deal of time here.

Order yours today!

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