Ergonomics: Avoiding Office Injury
March 15, 2018
Avoiding Office Injuries
While office work may not seem very dangerous, many work-related injuries happen in office spaces. Musculoskeletal injuries, eye injuries, and even hearing damage are all potential hazards. This is dangerous for the worker’s health, but it can also cost companies thousands of dollars in workers’ compensation claims.
Thus, taking a little time to assess the ergonomics of your office space can save time and money. Office Images’ office design experts can help you assess your specific ergonomic needs, so contact us for more information.
Musculoskeletal injuries make up the majority of work-related injury. Specifically in an office space, workers could suffer from:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Muscle strains – particularly in the shoulders, neck, and upper back
- Tendon injury
These injuries can incapacitate a worker for weeks on end, hurting your company’s productivity. Some solutions are actually quite simple. Ensure that workers are suitably aligned to their desks. A properly positioned workstation is one where the elbow is at 90 degrees and the computer is at eye level. Feet should rest flat on the floor with the computer monitor directly in front of the worker.
There are various injuries that can occur due to excess computer usage throughout the day. Some of these include:
- Eyestrain and irritated or watery eyes
- Red, swollen eyelids
- Double vision
- Decreased focus
- Accidents due to poor lighting
Solutions may include using full-spectrum lights. You could also have task lighting, where the light is situated on the workspace. Having plasma screen monitors or removable glare guards also help. Make sure the monitor is placed directly in front of the user at the right angle. Install window blinds or tinted glass to reduce sun glare, minimizing eyestrain.
Hearing injuries can occur from various types of equipment, music, and simple everyday conversation. Some of the hearing issues that can occur are:
- Diminished focus
- Hearing damage
Simple solutions include earplugs or possibly relocating noisy equipment away from workspaces. Acoustic ceiling tiles and carpet can also help absorb noise. Noise-reducing partitions in the workspace can help others concentrate, as well.
Office Images specializes in office design. Our team can help you reduce the risk of these injuries by having an ergonomic office design specialized for your business. Contact us for a consultation today.