Choosing products that can help reduce discomfort and injury can also help your people be more productive. Billions of dollars are spent each year in workers' compensation costs for problems including musculoskeletal disorders.
What is Ergonomics?
More than just "good design,"Ergonomics is a study of human factors focusing on an understanding of the way humans interact with other elements in their environment. In essence, it is the study of designing equipment and devices that fit the human body and its cognitive abilities.
Safety in the workplace has different meanings based on different environments. However, all workplaces need a safety program with specific objectives and guidelines. Ergonomics are an important concern when you are choosing protective equipment - it is important to choose products designed to fit the functioning of the human body.
Part of your safety program should be the use of ergonomically-designed products, perhaps including mats, to help ensure workplace safety. They can help reduce the stress and strain on muscles and joints caused by standing or kneeling for long periods of time. Problems including acute and chronic back, leg, and foot pain can at times be alleviated by providing the right mats.
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