Putting Ergonomics to Work
Ergonomics is simply “fitting the task to the worker” rather than forcing the worker to fit the task. Applying ergonomic principles to work stations can help prevent a variety of conditions, such as back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome. Small adjustments to the position of a chair, keyboard, or monitor can lead to big improvements in employee comfort and productivity.
DOHS provides the following services to NIH employees, at no cost:
ON-SITE WORK STATION EVALUATIONS: The evaluation involves observing the employee performing typical tasks, and then adjusting the work station as needed (such as raising a chair or lowering a keyboard). The goal is to arrange the work station so that the employee achieves a neutral, comfortable working posture. To see how to make ergonomic adjustments to your own work station, click on the poster at right that best describes your work.
During the work station evaluation, DOHS ergonomics staff may also note the need for different equipment, but the employee’s individual division is responsible for ordering and purchasing any office equipment.
ON-SITE GROUP ERGONOMICS TRAINING: The training shows employees how to apply ergonomic principles in the office as well as other workplace settings.
To schedule an individual work station evaluation or to request an ergonomics presentation for your office, call (301) 496-3353 or (301) 496-3457.
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