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Ergonomics in the Workplace


National Safety Month, observed each June, is an annual campaign that is dedicated to raising awareness about the leading cause of preventable injuries and deaths. Sponsored by the National Safety Council (NSC), this month-long event is focused on enhancing safety in homes, workplaces, and communities through education and advocacy. By emphasizing proactive measures and fostering a culture of safety, National Safety Month aims to protect lives and promote well-being across the nation.

In alignment with the NCS’s approach, Nationwide Boiler will also be dedicating each week of June to a specific safety topic and strives to share this information to a wider audience. Last week we focused on ergonomics in the workplace.

Ergonomics in the Office

Ensure Proper Posture: Maintaining correct posture is crucial for safeguarding your back. Many individuals tend to slouch or hunch over their desks while working without realizing it. While seated, maintain a natural slight arch with your back, ensuring your head and shoulders remain erect. If necessary, customize your chair to have relaxed elbows, comfortable hand placement on the table or desk, knees bent at a 90-degree angle, and feet flat on the floor.

Establish An Ergonomic Workplace: The work environment significantly influences your comfort and musculoskeletal well-being. It is important to remember not to adapt your body to the workplace, but to tailor your workspace to accommodate your body. Make sure your computer screen is positioned at eye level to eliminate the need for leaning forward. Invest in ergonomic office equipment engineered to offer back support and encourage correct posture.

Incorporate Regular Breaks: Make sure to take regular breaks during your workday to boost productivity and overall well-being. Set aside a few minutes every hour to get up and do some light stretching exercises. You can start by placing your hands on your lower back and gently arching backward to relieve tension. Additionally, consider taking short walks to the break room, another spot in your remote workspace, or around the office to break up your sitting time.

Ergonomics in the Shop

Work In A Comfortable Position: Whenever possible, position your work materials at waist height to reduce strain. Arrange your workspace to keep essential items easily accessible and within reach. Another option is using adjustable furniture and workstations to accommodate varying needs and preferences for a comfortable working posture.

Prioritize Safe Lifting: To prevent strain on your back, refrain from bending or twisting when lifting objects. Instead, bend your knees and keep your back straight when lifting items from the floor to ensure safe handling. It is important to seek assistance when handling heavier loads or utilize lifting aids to reduce strain and minimize the risk of injuries.

Selection Of Tools: Go for tools equipped with ergonomically designed handles that feel comfortable to hold, thus reducing strain during extended use. Selecting the appropriate tool for each task not only boosts efficiency but also lowers the chances of experiencing repetitive strain injuries and discomfort.

As we wrap up our focus on ergonomics, we emphasize the importance of caring for your body by creating a comfortable workspace for long-term health and productivity. Nationwide Boiler prioritizes the safety of our employees and will continue to share valuable insights to foster a safe culture. Celebrate National Safety month with us and stay tuned for another safety topic next week!

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