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Ergonomics Evaluation

Although the term ergonomics has come to mean just environmental standards and equipment concerns in the occupational health community, I believe that an ergonomic evaluation should focus more on employee behavioral work methods and postural patterns.

I will come to your home or office and help you adjust your desk or work station so it better supports a neutral and efficient posture, thus reducing the risk for pain caused by musculoskeletal disorder.  I can also take a look at your sleeping system or other furniture and make suggestions on how and where to make improvements to enhance comfort. I work with my clients' car seats on a regular basis to create a better design for the body positioning to avoid strain while driving. 

I have many corporate clients as well as individuals. Working with some of Beaufort's top law and accounting firms, I have analyzed and corrected many work stations for employees who have previous injury or pain complaints. Each desk, chair, keyboard, monitor relationship needs to be adjusted to fit the individual proportions of the employee.
 

 

 

HOW WILL IT HELP ME?


Ergonomic workstation evaluations help employers recognize problems with a the layout or design that may be contributing  to an employee's physical discomfort. As part of my evaluation, I observe the  worker in their work environment as they perform various tasks. Then determine if any specific methods  or habits are major contributors to postural strain. Adaptive measures, or changes in the employee's work methods that will help reduce musculoskeletal stress, will be recommended. Evaluations can  lead to solutions that improve the employee's productivity, comfort and morale.
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Every year, more workers lose time from work because of repetitive strain disorders, 
 back and neck injuries. Employers are increasingly turning to ergonomics  to reduce the cost of workers' compensation claims and lost productivity. LWC's Ergonomic Evaluation offers flexibility in selecting the solution that's right for each business. I can provide cushions and props to make adjustments to existing furniture and equipment, or I can suggest resources where new and better designs can be purchased.

People who work at a desk or computer for several hours a day may develop physical problems related to their jobs for many reasons. Workstations may be poorly designed and can cause physical problems, or some jobs may require repetitive performance of tasks.  In many cases, employees have physical conditions that place them in a high-risk category, making them more susceptible to injury in the presence of a less than ideal set up. But in every case, the relationship between desk, chair, keyboard and monitor must be adjusted to fit the physical proportions of the individual at that work station.

 

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Ergonomics FAQs

Q.What is ergonomics?
A.Ergonomics is the study of people performing tasks. We match the workplace to the worker, instead of making the worker adapt to the environment.

Q.Why should I apply ergonomics to my workplace?
A.Applying ergonomics to your workplace reduces  the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. It lowers work-related injury costs and absentee time for the employer, while improving employee comfort and job satisfaction, which increases productivity.

Q.What are ergonomic risk factors?
A.A risk factor is any experience or exposure that increases the possibility of the development of repetitive motion disorder, cumulative trauma disorder, or other musculoskeletal strains and sprains.

 
Q.Is ergonomics just for office settings?
A.No. Ergonomic concepts improve user comfort and safety in any environment, from construction to home use with any activity performed in the process of daily living.

    An ergonomic evaluation of your workplace could be very beneficial for you or your company  if you or your employees are engaged in:

  • Working at a computer three or more hours per day
  • Repeating the same movement over and over again
  • Holding the same posture for prolonged periods of time
  • Lifting or bending  

 Ergonomic Evaluations address the following areas:

  • Identify potential pain or injury risk factors
  • Improve workstation design and layout
  • Teach proper seating and posture, and instruct user on chair features
  • Review optimum keyboard and mouse placement and design 
  • Recommend correct ergonomic equipment, document placement
  • and telephone posture to encourage a neutral body position
  • Discuss lighting issues and monitor glare 

    To learn more or to request an evaluation, contact 843-597-1010 or muscledoctor@embarqmail.com