October is Global Ergonomics Awareness Month

It’s easy to associate October with ghouls, goblins and ghosts.  However, in the ergonomic and safety communities, we are celebrating global ergonomics awareness, each day this month.  As ergonomic advocates, we invite you to observe this month-long event with us!

Let’s start with understanding the basics. What is ergonomics?

Ergonomics is the study and design of fitting the task to the worker to maximize performance and reduce discomfort. Ergonomics can be divided into three domains: physical, cognitive, and organizational ergonomics.

  • Physical ergonomics is concerned with the anatomical, bio-mechanical, physiological, and anthropometric elements in relation to movement.
  • Cognitive ergonomics is concerned with the mental processes involved in human-system interactions.
  • Organizational ergonomics is concerned with socio technical elements in relation to employee well-being.

Ergonomics is essential in the workplace to prevent musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), boost productivity, optimize workflow, reduce absenteeism, and improve employee morale.

Ergonomics encompasses the idea of creating a balance between the task demands and the capacity of the employees. Without this balance, employees are subject to injuries, higher rates of turnover, and decreased mental health and wellbeing.

To combat ergonomic hazards, employees and employers alike must look out for the 3 ergonomic risk factors:

  • Force
  • Posture
  • Repetition
Global Ergonomics Month

Without conscious ergonomic planning, these risk factors will wreak havoc on your workplace.

This month we’ll be taking you on an ergonomic journey to better understand these hazards and obstacles. 

Read more articles, use our interactive tools or meet our Ergo team to learn more about effective use of Ergonomics in the workplace.