Definition of ergonomics - Merriam Webster 1: an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely —called also biotechnology, human engineering, human factors 2: the design characteristics of an object resulting especially from the application of the science of ergonomics
Why should I apply ergonomics to my workplace? Reduces the risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). It lowers work-related injury costs and absentee time for the employer, while improving employee comfort and job satisfaction, increasing productivity. What are ergonomic risk factors? Any experience or exposure that increases the possibility of the development of repetitive motion disorder, cumulative trauma disorder, or other musculoskeletal strains and sprains. Is ergonomics just for office settings? No. Ergonomic concepts improve user comfort and safety in any environment, from construction to home use with any activity performed in the process of daily living.
The cumulative effect of the previous three benefits of ergonomics is a strong safety culture for your company. Healthy employees are your most valuable asset, creating and fostering the safety and health culture at your company will lead to better human performance for your organization.