Ergonomics is the science of fitting jobs to people. It involves design of the workplace, work tasks, equipment, and environment for safe and efficient use by workers.
According to the American Industrial Hygiene Association, working Americans spend about 2,000 hours a year in the workplace. Not surprisingly, all of these hours can take a toll--on your eyes, back, arms and neck.
Simply put, your work environment could increase risk for injury. Factors in the workplace that can contribute to injuries include repetitive motion, vibration, excessive force, awkward position and static posture.
How Does an Ergonomic Evaluation Assist in Injury Prevention and Improved Efficiency?
An ergonomic-trained occupational or physical therapist can visit the work site to assist employers in identifying risk factors that contribute to injuries and make recommendations to improve work design.
Often simple and inexpensive modifications in product/tool placement, work heights, worker movements or tool design can decrease risk of injury and improve worker comfort.
An ergonomic-trained occupational or physical therapist can provide education to employers and employees to ensure proper follow through after modifications are made.
Benefits of and Ergonomics Program include:
- Increased production
- Improved quality of work
- Decreased absenteeism and employee turnover
- Decreased medical and material costs
- Decreased probability of accidents and errors
Our program is designed for companies and industries who are eager to invest in the safety and productivity of their greatest asset...their employees.
Many hospitals treat injuries...We teach you how to avoid them.
For more information on how Ergonomics affects you and your workplace, call or email Florida Hospital DeLand Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Services.