Ergonomics can be defined as fitting the job to the worker. Not all workers are the same size and everyone has limits. Ergonomics aims to design workstations, work processes, equipment, and tools to fit you. As a worker, it is important that you know how to adjust your office workstation to suit your needs. If a job does not fit a worker, the worker is more likely to be exposed to risk factors that may lead to musculoskeletal injury.
Every person responds to ergonomic risk factors in different ways. For example, one worker may have symptoms of an injury while another worker performing the same tasks may not have symptoms. Ergonomic risk factors should be identified and reduced to lower the risk of injury for all workers. Even those workers who are not experiencing pain should take ergonomics seriously to reduce the risk of developing an injury.
The following presentation is by one of OHCOWs ergonomists highlighting some of our ergonomic tools.