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What is ergonomics?

Ergonomics is a multidisciplinary field. It 's about the adaptation between technique, work environment and human factors. Well applied ergonomics can increase work performance and output as well as reduce the prevalence of work-related stress injuries.

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Why is ergnomics important?

Musculoskeletal disorders is the main reason for abcence at work. Usually the symptoms occur gradually, although they they can also appear abruptly due to i.e. an accident. Loss of function due to sickness or pregnancy can make it necessary to evaluate ergonomics and make suitable adjustments.

Who needs to concider ergonomics?

Both the employer and employee have to consider the ergonomics in the workplace. This is to help prevent work-related stress injuries and sick leave. The ergonomic issues can vary. In some cases it's important to adjust the office set-up and in other cases it could be getting aides to help with heavy lifting or limit time spent working in awkward positions.

Ergonomics can be related to:

  • Light
  • Vision
  • Design
  • Proper adjustment of equipment
  • Helping aids
  • Technique
  • Temperature
  • Clothing
  • Safety equipment
  • Gripping
  • Vibrations
  • Organizatonal factors
  • Individual factors
  • Cultural factors
  • Economics factors/ recources
  • Proper training