Ergonomics is the study of how to adapt the work environment to fit the physical needs of individual workers.
Poor Ergonomics
  • Repetitive motions on a machine, keyboard, packing, cutting, etc.
  • Forceful exertion of your arm or hand.
  • Vibrations
  • Awkward positions or movements.
Good Ergonomics
  • Minimizes repetitive motions.
  • Alternates repetitive motions with other tasks.
  • Positions the work surface waist high.
  • Places tools and materials within 20 inches.
  • Uses a chair with adjustable height and back support.
  • Positions a computer keyboard for work with wrists straight, elbows at right angles, and arms resting at sides.
  • Has light, easy-grip tools that don’t require extreme effort.
  • Grips tools so the thumb and index finger overlap slightly.
  • Avoids bending wrists.
  • Holds materials with clamps or jigs.
  • Carries materials with a palm-down grip.
Symptoms of Ergonomic Injuries Not To Be Ignored
       Report it immediately if your arm, neck, shoulder, hand, wrist, or fingers feel:
                    * Pain or aching
                    * Numbness, tingling or stiffness
                    * Weakness
                    * Swelling
                    * Burning

Numbness, pain, and other symptoms mean you’re forcing your body to do something it wasn’t meant to do. Look for ways to reorganize your work to avoid ergonomic injuries.