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Ergonomics Center

Ergonomics is the study of designing equipment and devices that fit the human body, its movements, and its cognitive abilities. It is also the study of efficiency in working environments. Both definitions appear when you search for the definition of "ergonomics" online.

This means that both businesses and employees benefit from ergonomic solutions. For employees, work becomes easier with less potential for injury. For businesses, employees become more efficient, which improves the business' bottom line.

Before you begin with solutions - here is some information about the problem:
  • Back injuries are the leading cause of disability for people under 35 and the most expensive injury for people ages 35-50.
  • 23% of workers compensation claims are for lower-back injuries.
  • 87% of over-exertion injuries come from improperly handling materials.
  • Workers compensation premiums pay for direct costs; but indirect costs for finding someone else to do the work, paying for the employee's downtoime before workers compensation, etc. are paid by employers. Both costs easily reach $20,000 per injury.
Click here for more information from OR-OSHA's Introduction to Ergonomics in the Workplace. This publication has information showing the impact of injuries on a business' profitability.

Ergonomic tools for jobs involving repetitive motion or sitting all day Ergonomic information and tools to prevent back injuries or to prepare employees for physical exertion Ergonomic solutions for small businesses Ergonomic solutions for specific industries

Measuring the cost and benefits of ergonomic changes and muscular-skeletal injuries