Despite reports that the number of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) has declined in recent years because of widespread awareness and implementation of effective preventive measures, ergonomics remains a significant workplace safety and health issue. The main objective of this online office ergonomics training course is to cover the topic of office ergonomics from hazards to precautions so that employees can avoid developing work-related MSDs. By the time the session is over, trainees should be able to define ergonomics and MSDs, identify ergonomic risk factors, recognize MSD symptoms, set up a workstation to minimize stress and strain, and perform tasks safely to avoid musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses. The benefits to you, the employer, are numerous, from lower healthcare costs to increased employee productivity.
Why “Office Ergonomics” Matters:
The goal of ergonomics is to reduce injuries and illnesses caused by stress and strain on the job. Ergonomics helps keep you safe and healthy.
Ergonomics involves engineering and administrative controls. For example, office ergonomics may include engineering or designing the layout of your computer workstation so that your exposure to ergonomic risks is reduced. The way or sequence in which a task is performed may also be changed to help reduce risk factors.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), many office workers report work-related MSDs every year. For some, the problem becomes so severe that they suffer a lot of pain and have to take time off from work for treatment and recovery.
- Most office workers are at risk for work-related MSDs.
- MSDs are caused by stress and strain on your body while you work.
- Engineering and administrative controls minimize the risks.
- You can help by following safe work practices and reporting any MSD symptoms.