Toolbox Talk on Ergonomics
The Importance of Good Ergonomics
What is ergonomics? Well, it can be defined as fitting the job or task to the worker to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders. These types of injuries develop slowly over time and occur in the soft tissues of your body like the nerves, tendons, muscles, ligaments, and joints. Using good ergonomics while performing your work activities will make the work easier on your body. It can also help you complete your work more efficiently (it’s a win-win!) Before starting a task, ask yourself if any aspect of your job will be uncomfortable or difficult to perform. Determine if there are solutions (work techniques, tools or equipment) that would make the task easier. It’s important to recognize if there is a risk of your task causing musculoskeletal disorders so you can protect yourself from a possible injury.