5 Tips to Improve Workplace Ergonomics
Ergonomics involve studying the design of a workspace to optimize it for comfort, efficiency, safety, and productivity. These five tips will improve your workplace’s ergonomics and help prevent workplace injuries.
1. Stretch Often
Stretching is one of the easiest, quickest, and cheapest ways to prevent injury in the workplace. Not only does stretching in the morning increase your flexibility, range of motion, and blood flow to muscles, it also improves your posture and performance in physical activities. All of these are beneficial in an industrial setting for decreasing the risk of injury and improving overall workplace ergonomics. Additionally, stretching regularly has shown to raise energy levels and calm the mind.
2. Get an Anti-Fatigue Mat
Do your back a favor and get yourself an anti-fatigue mat. These mats are made to reduce pain and fatigue caused by standing or walking on hard surfaces all day (like concrete, wood, and cement) by providing cushioning between your feet and the hard floor. For example, this anti-fatigue mat is made of PVC foam to increase comfort.
Mats are relatively cheap and make a big difference in day-to-day ergonomics. You’ll thank yourself for getting one later.
3. Have a Height-Adjustable Work Station
A height-adjustable workstation makes a huge difference in comfort and productivity. Adjustable tables and chairs allow workers to remain comfortable no matter what the task is.
If a worker is uncomfortable and has to constantly bend or reach for something, then efficiency is compromised. Being able to adjust the height of your table or chair while you work on a project means you never have to strain while working. That means you stay safer and more productive all day long.
4. Make Sure There’s Good Lighting
Good lighting decreases the risk of injury in the workplace from certain common issues, like strained eyes and long-term vision problems. Additionally, a bright workplace means it’s easier to see things around you, which means fewer accidents. Additionally, windows and skylights allow natural light into the workspace, allowing better vision without the overhead costs of electricity.
The less you have to worry about vision, the more you can focus on the job right in front of you.
5. Have a Portable Work Station
Similar to height-adjustable workstations, portable workstations offer similar benefits in the workplace. In addition to moving up or down, it’s important to be able to rotate your table or move around the table yourself. A high-quality work chair with wheels allows you to circle around your project to see it from all angles. Conversely, rotating tabletops like these give you a complete, 360-degree view of your work.
Basically, the more adjustments you can make to keep yourself comfortable and safe, the more productive and efficient you will be.
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