National Safety Month: Ergonomics

Today we will be continuing our National Safety Month discussion by focusing on ergonomics and the work environment. As the typical workplace has drastically changed over the past few months, it’s crucial to implement new safety measures to fit the work to the worker. 

Many of us have had to adjust to a new work-from-home atmosphere. While it can be a challenge to change the mindset of a space, it’s up to the individual to explore different ideas and see what works from them. Here are some helpful tips on how to productively work from home:

  • Set up a workspace with ergonomics in mind  and away from distractions to work through the designated hours of the day.
  • Be sure to take breaks like you normally would in an office and set goals for yourself to check off your to-do list. 
  • Establish a routine by getting dressed in the morning and preparing for the day ahead. Studies show that this helps keep you focused and alert.
  • Communicate thoroughly with your coworkers by utilizing technology such as video conference calls.

If your company includes manufacturing lines or other non-desk jobs, proper ergonomics is essential!  According to OSHA, “work-related MSDs (Musculoskeletsl disorders) are among the most frequently reported causes of lost or restricted work time.”  Meanwhile, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said that “MSD cases account for 33% of all worker injury and illness cases.” 

OSHA states that “Implementing an ergonomic process is effective in reducing the risk of developing MSDs in high-risk industries as diverse as construction, food processing, firefighting, office jobs, healthcare, transportation and warehousing.”  We distribute a variety of supplies for ergonomic health including back support, elbow/wrist/knee, matting, shoe soles, and more. 

Here at Emergent Safety, our office remains open to supply our customers with highly sought-after products. We are dedicated to being mindful of others health while remaining productive by following these steps:

  • If you are sick, stay home and monitor your symptoms. Make your supervisor aware of your condition to update others who might have been infected.
  • Practice good hygiene by frequently washing your hands, wearing a mask whenever in the workplace and staying six feet away from others.
  • Take extra safety precautions by cleaning areas that are frequently touched such as workstations, knobs, and countertops.
  • Respect others and be mindful of those around you.