What is Ergonomics

Ergonomics (er-guh-NOM-iks) is the study of the kind of work you do, the environment you work in, and the tools you use to do your job. The goal of office ergonomics is to set up office work spaces so that it fits the job being done, the work area, including light, noise, and temperature.

Ergonomics focuses on set up of the workstation, how a person sits, and how long a person stays in one position. The tools that are used to do the job and whether it is set up to fit the needs of the job.

  • When working its is important to sit tall in front of the work and try not to put too much stress on one area of the body, such as lower back or arms, change position often.
  • Turn with the whole body instead of twisting to face your work.
  • Take breaks to stretch or get out of the chair every 20 to 40 minutes, if possible switch to another task.

When the workstation is set up correctly it is less likely to cause problems with headaches or eyestrain, reduces neck and back pain.  It can lower stress and injury caused by awkward positions and repetitive tasks

Source: http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/tc/office-ergonomics-topic-overview

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