Applied Ergonomics looks at and aims to improve the relationship between people and the tools, tasks, processes and machines they use. Improving safety and efficiency are the goals of ergonomic design and intervention. The ideal goal would be design that eliminates injuries, poor understanding, inefficiencies, and errors without the need for operator training or diligence. Nevertheless, safety is and continues to be a shared responsibility between the employer, insurance broker, ergonomist, health service team, and the worker.
Office ergonomics design helps with the prevention of neuromusculoskeletal disorders for the ever growing 'knowledge worker' who spends a good part of their day on the computer. There are many ways to sit and interface with you chair, keyboard, mouse, monitor, phone, and other materials around your desk. Unfortunately, most people sit and interface with the items in their workstation in ways that make their bodies' work harder than they need to by getting out of neutral postures for sustained periods of time. Mastering successful sitting and neutral postures actually enable your body to work more efficiently, easily, and be more productive. In addition, our bodies are not designed to sit for long periods of time, especially in awkward postures or fixed positions.
There are alternate ways to counteract the hazardous effects of sitting when a workstation does fit the worker correctly, and with tissue sparing strategies such as microbreaks taken regularly. In summary, ergonomics has to do with fitting the worker to their workstation in order to keep their joints and soft tissues in neutral postures, so that their neuromuscularskeletal systems are not overloaded and eventually damaged. Physical, perceptual, and cognitive capacities can all impact the safety and efficiency of work. Through effective ergonomic design we hope to maximize productivity while keeping human demands within established worker capabilities.
Applied Ergonomics and Occupational Health Consulting services provided for our patients and clients has helped reduce and recover from injuries associated with poorly designed work environments. The OccuCom Injury Prevention System uses health promotion and applied ergonomic strategies in a holistic manner to bring wellness into the workplace by solving the simplest to the most complex work environment needs of your company. It is now accepted in both the scientific and business communities that comprehensive health promotion and good ergonomics make good economics!
The goal is to assist companies who want to save resources by investing in healthier employees and healthier workplaces rather than divesting them into health care costs and workers' compensation premiums. The OccuCom System has helped our patients and clients from the private and public sectors of business in all workplace settings, such as in manufacturing, office and technical, transportation, hospitality and health care environments. The OccuCom System takes a simple, holistic approach to the ergonomic process.
A four-phased method is utilized to encourage "Big-Picture-Thinking" among ergo-team leaders. This results in better identification of ergonomic risk factors and stressors present in the workplace and in the workforce. The ergo-team can then analyze the data, implement appropriate control measures, and reevaluate the outcomes.