Ergonomics is designing a job to fit the worker so the work is safer and more efficient. Implementing ergonomic solutions can make employees more comfortable and increase productivity.
Why is ergonomics important?
Ergonomics is important because when you’re doing a job, and your body is stressed by an awkward posture, extreme temperature, or repeated movement your musculoskeletal system is affected. Your body may begin to have symptoms such as fatigue, discomfort, and pain, which can be the first signs of a musculoskeletal disorder.
What is a musculoskeletal disorder?
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are conditions that affect your body’s muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. MSDs can develop over time or can occur immediately due to overload.
What are the advantages of ergonomics?
- Increased savings, Fewer injuries, more productive and sustainable employees, Fewer workers’ compensation claims – The indirect costs involved bring the total average claim cost to well over 32,000.
- Fewer employees experiencing pain, implementing ergonomic improvements can reduce the risk factors that lead to discomfort.
- Increased productivity, Ergonomic improvements can reduce the primary risk factors for MSDs, so workers are more efficient, productive, and have greater job satisfaction.
- Increased morale, Attention to ergonomics can make employees feel valued because they know their employer is making their workplace safer.
- Reduced absenteeism, Ergonomics leads to healthy and pain-free workers who are more likely to be engaged and productive.
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Dr. Sitaraman SundaresanMaster degree in physiotherapy (ortho & sports)
He also holds a Fellowship in Neurological Rehab and Fellowship in Cardiac Rehab from the Apollo Group of hospitals, Chennai and Hyderabad.
He heads the area of sports medicine and is also the director of fitness services at physio-be-fit.
An avid runner, his interests in the area of sports medicine is vast and he runs the Dynamic Fitness Ball Program and Core-Cardio fit programs, both specialised core-training programs.
He has trained more than 500 clients in the area of core-training since its inception 10 years ago.
His interests include knee joint therapies and spine care. With an extensive research in ankle sprains, he uses a unique technique in quick treatment of ankle sprains.