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September 2019

Green Ergonomics / 2019 / September

Selecting an ergonomic chair for your workspace

Consider your work chair. Is it comfortable and supportive? Do you feel well-balanced sitting in it? Is it stable? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, you might need a new chair – one that is ergonomically correct. But it’s important for your employer and you to do the research first. “There are many ergonomic chairs available, but it can be a mistake to purchase one simply because it is labeled ‘ergonomic,’” the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety cautions. Some chairs may be too high or the arms may be too far apart for a particular person. “A chair becomes ergonomic only when it specifically suits a worker’s size (body dimensions), his or her particular workstation, and the tasks that must be performed...

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For good office ergonomics, avoid these 5 risks

Musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, muscle strains and lower back injuries affect the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments and tendons, according to OSHA. But practicing good ergonomics can help prevent workers from acquiring MSDs. Ergonomics is the practice of fitting the job to the worker. This includes avoiding tasks that may lead to injuries. “Ergonomists have examined a number of jobs where there have been a high incidence of [musculoskeletal disorders], and have found some common elements present in each of these jobs, which are associated with these injuries,” the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries states. “These elements are called risk factors, because exposure to them increases the chance that a worker will become injured.” Here are five ergonomic risk factors to be mindful of...

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Computer Ergonomics Tips for Desk Workers

How to Improve Your Computer Ergonomics I taught a two-hour computer ergonomics class for my clients 1-2 times a month. Because most clients want relief as soon as possible, I developed a list of quick tips to get clients on the way to pain-free desk work. I have expanded these strategies from the original bare-bones bullet format, but they are still just general suggestions. The complete rationale and benefits behind the strategies will take multiple articles! These strategies are highly effective in relieving an array of hand, arm, neck, and back pains. These strategies are also highly effective in treating and relieving presumptive carpal tunnel syndrome. (Yes, I am suggesting it’s not CTS, and “nerve” tests don’t impress me much. But another day another article.) I have...