According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, work-related musculoskeletal disorders, or MSDs, are among the most frequently reported causes of lost or restricted work time. Workers in many different industries and occupations can be exposed to MSD risk factors at work. Fortunately, work-related MSDs can be prevented. By understanding basic ergonomic principles and applying them to your job, you can minimize MSD risk factors, avoid strains on your body, and reduce your risk of injury.
Why “Ergonomics: Industrial (Spanish)” Matters:
Ergonomics is the science of modifying jobs to fit the capabilities of the people who do them. Work-related MSDs result when there is a mismatch between the physical capability of workers and the physical demands of their jobs. Ergonomics helps resolve this mismatch.
Ergonomics helps reduce MSDs that can result when the worker’s job requires repetitive reaching, using forceful exertions, bending and lifting, working with vibrating equipment, or other repetitive motions.
Ergonomic engineering controls may change the design of a workstation, a production line, or the way a job is performed for the purpose of reducing MSDs.
Ergonomics may introduce safe work practices, such as providing alternative tasks or allowing workers to rotate through different types of jobs throughout the day so that their exposure to risk factors is reduced.
Finally, ergonomic personal protective equipment (PPE) may be used to provide additional protection from MSDs.
- Recognize the importance of ergonomics.
- Define MSDs.
- Identify ergonomic risk factors.
- Recognize MSD symptoms.
- Identify control methods for MSD hazards.
- Perform tasks safely, and avoid musculoskeletal injuries and illness.