Ergonomics - Work Safe Wednesdays 

  

Design Your Workplace for Safety with Work Safe Wednesdays!
Each Wednesday, we invite you to focus on ergonomics and consider how a human-focused design of your workplace – and workspace – will help you work smarter. Below are our top 10 topics focused on ergonomics for you and your workforce.


#1 Stretch for Safety
An aging and out-of-shape workforce is a key driver of high worker’s compensation and healthcare costs. (It’s an ugly truth.) But, integrating physical conditioning and health activity into the daily safety routine can help reverse this trend and control soft-tissue injuries.  Our certified ergonomists have seen firsthand the benefits of a Stretch for Safety program…and consultations are free to policyholders. See Exercise in the Workplace 

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#2 Back Safety - Proper Lifting
We’ve all heard, ““bend your knees and lift with your legs” when it comes to back safety and proper lifting. You need to know more than that to ensure correct body mechanics, safe lifting and preventing back injuries.

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#3 - Laptops
The features that make laptops great portable devices are not exactly ergonomically sound. Mitigate risks, pain, and discomfort by following some of these suggestions. See Laptop Ergonomics

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#4 - Text Neck
Yes. It has a name and it’s called “text neck syndrome.” Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices force your head and neck into non-neutral postures which can lead to shoulder tightness, neck soreness, and chronic headaches. Neurohealth Chiropractic: Do you have text neck?

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#5 - Keyboard & Mouse
It’s pretty safe to say that most of us encounter a computer with keyboard and mouse nearly every day. Awkward postures and improper keyboard or mouse placement may contribute to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Check out these tips for better keyboarding and mousing. 

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#6 - Monitors
Most jobs today require the use of devices that incorporate a visual display terminal such as computers, TV monitors, or small hand-held devices. It is no surprise that many individuals struggle with symptoms of computer vision syndrome such as dry eyes, headaches, blurred vision, neck pain and fatigue, just to name a few. Here’s 9 tips for monitoring your monitor use.

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#7 - Standing Workstations
“Standing desks” seem to be all the rage lately.  Several recent research studies have shown some links between prolonged sitting and higher rates of cardiovascular and other health disorders. So – to stand or to sit? The answer may not be that black and white.  But it is a good idea to find new ways to incorporate more walking and standing into your day.  Find out more information about ways to decrease your sitting time at work or at home. Click here for information from Cornell University's Ergonomics Lab on Sitting and Standing stations.

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#8 - Office Seating
How well do you know your office chair? In many cases, your chair has several adjustment features such as seat height and lumbar support. Making even a small adjustment can change your posture and comfort. Look for a tag on the bottom of the chair or ask your manager for assistance. Click here for tips on sitting comfortably.

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#9 - Workstation Evaluation Checklist
The office workstation is constantly evolving due to changes in technology, furniture and productivity demands. Keep pace with these advancements by periodically reviewing your workstation for potential ergonomic risks. Checklists take only a few minutes to complete and provide valuable feedback to improving your overall comfort and health. 

Beacon Mutual Ergo Bulletin: Office Ergonomic Self-Help Checklist

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#10 - Landscaping Ergonomics
Spring is sprung! Whether landscaping is your job or you just enjoy getting your hands in the dirt, the risk factors are similar. Either way, it’s important to lift better and work smarter! 

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