The word ergonomics comes from the Greek words “ergon”, meaning work, and “nomos”, meaning laws. Together, they refer to the science of work. Today, proper ergonomic design means removing incompatibilities between the work and the worker to create an optimal environment while ergonomic training provides workers with the knowledge and good habits needed to work safely.
Ergonomic training encompasses such components as education on the principles of ergonomics, knowledge of the risk factors for work-related musculoskeletal disorders, implementation of appropriate workplace practices, proper equipment selection (chairs, desks, safety gear, etc.), and instructions on equipment use. Ergonomic training can help make work safer and more efficient for both the company and workers. Physical therapists and other trained professionals can identify the needs of a particular person and the risk factors of their workplace.
The benefits of ergonomic training may include the following:
- Reduced musculoskeletal tension, especially in the neck and back
- Reduced overall stress or pain as a result of a self-adjusted ergonomic set-up
- Reduced eye strain
- Improved blood flow
- Improved productivity and higher quality work
- Increased worker engagement, increased morale, and improved workplace atmosphere
- Increased safety and health in day-to-day life
There are no contraindications to ergonomic training.