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Ergonomics and the Aging Workforce: Are You Ready?
The coming demographic forces represent both challenges and opportunities in industry today. At the very least, the changing demographics of the U.S. workforce deserve careful consideration moving forward. In today’s business environment, it is essential for companies to engage their aging workers in a job that promotes healthy and safe work performance.
Key Areas of Ergonomics Employers Must Consider
“For most employers, ergonomics is a concept that is often misunderstood, unknown, or even ignored. Ergonomic hazards are not the most obvious, yet often the injuries that result from them are costly and have long term impact on the injured employee. Ergonomics is considered a science and studies the capabilities of the human body in order to design a job to to better accommodate the worker instead of expecting a worker to change his body’s natural movements to fit the job.”
Workplace Athlete Health
Free Injury Prevention Handout — Proper Lifting Techniques
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than one million workers experience back injuries each year. One fourth of all workers compensation indemnity claims are a result of back injuries. Low back pain is one of the most common reasons that people miss work, second only to the common cold.
Are Your Employees Better Off Working from Home?
“Today is National Work from Home Day, held to promote the benefits of home working, which includes having more time to take exercise and eating more healthily; but new research suggests home workers might risk doing more harm than good if too little attention is paid to ergonomics.”
Making a Culture of Safety the Foundation
“To truly create lasting change, organizations must create an environment in which safety is more than just a box to be checked but is an attitude that makes up the very foundation of the company and is upheld by everyone from frontline workers to senior management.”