Ergonomics is the study of the interaction of a person to job tasks. It involves the relationship of the person's body to the workstation, equipment and tools. Not all people are proportioned the same way and not all workstations are designed to accommodate different body shapes and sizes. Improper matches can result in accidents and occupational injuries. One way is to know the early warning symptoms of cumulative trauma disorders. The symptoms may be an indication of an improper ergonomics design in the workstation or use of work equipment and tools. Three factors that can lead to CTD include:
- Awkward Posture and Position: working in a manner that places
increased demands on the body.
- Repetition: doing the same movement continuously.
- Force: excessive pressure on muscles and joints.
- Symptoms: dull aches, pains, tingling or numbness in the fingers and hands usually occurring during the evening hours (people will therefore not relate the symptoms to repetitive occupational tasks); loss of strength and/or coordination in the hands; pain occurring when performing repetitive motions during the day hours.
These risk factors can be controlled by adjusting the workstation, varying work positions, reducing continuous or repetitious actions, and periodically stretching throughout the day. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, they should not be ignored. Our office will assist you with a work assessment to determine if there is a possibility that repetitive motion(s) may be contributing to the symptoms. You can call Mica Eberbach at ext. 5402 to discuss any questions or concerns which you may have.