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Workplace Design And Ergonomics
Ergonomics is the study of how a workplace, the equipment used there and the work environment itself can best be designed for comfort, efficiency, safety and productivity. Often we can improve our levels of comfort and productivity with relatively simple changes.
Although ergonomics is a broad field, the main areas of concern for office based workplaces and employees will relate to:
Where/When Will These Issues Be Relevant?
Ergonomic issues can be associated with a wide range of concerns including the physical design of workstations, workspaces, the working environment, tools, vehicles, computer programs and plant. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a common injuries resulting from employers. It can also involve cognitive processes such as those involved with workload, decision making, skilled performance and stress. There are procedures for dealing with all these issues to ensure difficulties are addressed.
Most companies attribute the high incidence of MSDs to:
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