Ergonomics – Engineering Controls
To reduce the chance of injury, your work tasks should be designed to limit your exposure to ergonomic risk factors. What does this mean exactly? Simply stated, make sure the tasks you’re performing aren’t putting you at risk of injuries like carpal tunnel. To protect yourself, try to make use of engineering controls that will implement a physical change to the work place to eliminate or reduce the hazard. For example, you might try using a device to lift heavy objects. You can also re-position a work table to prevent yourself from having to reach excessively. The key to protecting yourself is to first identify the potential for ergonomic related injuries associated with your task. Once you do that, take a moment to setup the task differently so it will reduce the risk of injury.