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How to Protect Musculoskeletal Health With Ergonomics
Protect musculoskeletal health through engineering and administrative controls that ensure worksite design fits within the capabilities and limitations of the human body. Implementing a proactive ergonomics process that controls risk before an injury occurs is a fundamental concept in the total musculoskeletal health approach.
RULA Ergonomic Assessment Tip
Want to conduct better RULA assessments? See the video below for a quick tip on how to measure and record Upper Arm Position.
Standing, Desk Or Not, Is A Big Part Of Many Jobs
The NIOSH study looked at more than 17,000 respondents to assess trends across jobs and industries, but that’s too broad a view to make specific recommendations. “We need to take these results and hone in a bit more to find out how much someone should be standing at their job, how much they should be sitting, how much they should be walking around.”
Workplace Athlete Health
Is Your Safety Team Properly Staffed?
Our experience has been that proactive musculoskeletal health initiatives are most successful when deployed through a specialized provider who bridges the discipline gaps that create organizational silos. Their role is “injury prevention specialist” and their responsibility is exactly that — to prevent injuries through a total, comprehensive approach that incorporates all the musculoskeletal health disciplines.
More Employers Offer Health and Wellness Programs
“Since professionals spend so much of their time at work, health and wellness programs aren’t just a nice to have — they are becoming a key factor in employee job satisfaction and well-being,” said Brandi Britton, district president, OfficeTeam in a statement. “Not offering these benefits can put a company at a disadvantage when it comes to staff recruitment and retention.”
Paying Lip Service to Safety
When an employee goes from an organization that was not very serious about safety to one that is, there is always a period of adjustment. New priorities don’t take root instantly. This process is further complicated when the organization they came from talked safety but didn’t practice it. When the employee gets to the new organization, safety talk is not taken seriously until the practice of safety reinforces it. There is a temporary perception that the new organization is just giving lip service to safety the way the old one did.
Ergonomics Plus solutions help proactive safety teams prevent musculoskeletal injuries and advance employee well-being.