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Office Ergonomics Best Practices

Overview

Does your back or neck hurt after a long day of work?  According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more than one-third of all workday injuries are caused by poor ergonomics (repetitive motion, awkward positioning) and is becoming an increasingly common ailment. In this article, read ways to improve your work space posture to keep your body healthy and feeling good.

What You’ll Learn

This article introduces the benefits to having an ergonomically friendly setup at work. Ergonomics is not a gimmicky marketing technique and is actually based in science, including physiology, kinesiology, and biomechanics.  Benefits of good ergonomic practices include:

  • Keeps employees happy and healthy
  • Avoids costly healthcare and disability leave expenses
  • Reduces physical stress on your body
  • Prevents long-term injuries and disabilities, including chronic neck pain or carpal tunnel syndrome

Reflection

How can you make your work space ergonomically sound?

Additional Resources

  • Office Ergonomics – University of North Carolina, Environment, Health, and Safety

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