Ergonomics

The term "ergonomics" is derived from two Greek words:
"ergon", meaning work and "nomoi", meaning natural laws. Ergonomists study human capabilities in relationship to work demands.

The Value Of Ergonomics In Business Today

According to the University of Alabama Health System, ergonomics is the science of obtaining a correct match between the human body, work-related tasks, and work tools.

The term "ergonomics" is derived from two Greek words: "ergon", meaning work and "nomoi", meaning natural laws. Ergonomists study human capabilities in relationship to work demands.

Through ergonomic programs, employees can be trained on how to prevent the cumulative trauma cycle of fatigue, discomfort, pain and injury. Adjustable equipment that fits the employee can be adopted.

When workers can work comfortably and without injury, they are more productive, attend work more regularly and are less likely to be hurt on the job.

Here are some reasons why the Backsafe® and Sittingsafe® programs make good business sense: 

  1. Workers are a key asset for any business organization. Keeping them productive serves employers, unions and employees alike.

  2. Musculoskeletal disorders are entirely preventable. They cost North American businesses billions of dollars each year and can dramatically affect the quality of life of well intentioned employees.

  3. Effective ergonomic programs focus on ways to reduce costs to companies by:

    • reducing injuries

    • reducing absenteeism

    • reducing errors

    • maximizing productivity

  4. Successful ergonomic programs are always cost effective. They must be designed to yield a high return on investment.

  5. A custom designed injury prevention training program that effectively educates workers on how to prevent back injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome and other sprain/strain injuries can have a dramatic, positive impact on corporate profits.

Ergonomics Resources: 

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS): The BLS collects all statistical data on occupational injuries for the U.S. Department of Labor.

National Safety Council (NSC): The NSC is a government agency that funds research and produces literature on ADA and other ergonomic issues.

Herman Miller: A leader in ergonomically designed office furniture.

"I just wanted to send you this appreciation for the recent class, ERGONOMICS: SITTINGSAFE FOR OFFICE WORKERS, as presented by Dennis Downing. 

I’ve been having serious upper arm and shoulder pain during the past month and it was getting progressively worse and troublesome.  After taking Dennis’s class, I changed up my workstation to a more ergonomically safe position.   Doing this, combined with a week off work, has lessened the pain tremendously.

I hope you contract with FIT if you put on these classes again. The class was truly very informative and helpful.  He teaches not by lecturing us, but by letting us come to our own conclusions once presented with the facts he delivers.  Very effective technique. I now have hope all the shoulder pain will eventually go away entirely." - Ron, City of Santa Barbara