You've probably heard the term "ergonomics" before. It's a relatively new field of study concerning how a person interacts with the working environment. "Ergonomics" is a broad field, but the basic goal of an ergonomics program is injury prevention. This injury prevention is accomplished by fitting the job to the worker instead of fitting the worker to the job. This safety meeting topic takes a look at ergonomic concerns in the workplace, and what you can do to prevent injuries caused by poor ergonomics. Many of the suggestions in this topic can be adapted for use outside the workplace, helping you to prevent injuries at home.
Injuries arising from poor ergonomic conditions typically involve the bones, muscles, joints, tendons, and nerves. Symptoms of these injuries are:
- painful joints
- pain, tingling or numbness in hands or feet
- pain in wrists, shoulders, forearms, knees, etc.
- back or neck pain
- fingers or toes turning white
- shooting or stabbing pains in arms or legs
- swelling or inflammation
- weakness or clumsiness in hands
- burning sensations
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