What Does Ergonomics Mean?
Ergonomics refers to the concept and process of fitting the job to the worker. Factors considered when designing an ergonomically sound job include both physical and environmental factors. The ultimate goal of ergonomics is to prevent workplace injury and improve overall worker health. Ergonomics is sometimes referred to as comfort design or functional design.
WorkplaceTesting Explains Ergonomics
Federal law imposes a general duty on employers to maintain a workplace free from serious hazard. Thus, an employer is obligated to create an employment environment that reduces the risk of ergonomic hazard to the individual employee. Physical stressors such as poor seating or workstations can result in the development of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) or other repetitive strain injuries or trauma. Negative environmental factors such as smoke, chemical exposure, or loud equipment can result in respiratory illness or hearing loss. Ergonomics seeks to identify methods to optimize the work environment to improve employee health and productivity.