How can ergonomics help you at work?

Mention the topic of ergonomics, and people usually think you’re talking about how to sit properly at your desk. Of course it’s important to know How to Make Your Computer Workstation Fit You, but there’s much more to the science of ergonomics.

Image from Ergonomics for Truckers by WorkSafeBC

All industries can benefit from the science of ergonomics. Ergonomics is about fitting the task, equipment, and the environment to the worker with the goal of optimizing human performance. This helps improve quality, productivity, and safety.

Ergonomics in the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation is about reducing the risk of musculoskeletal injuries (MSI), the most common workplace injury in BC. WorkSafeBC has lots of resources and information about ergonomics for workers and employers in all different industries.

Consider trucking, for example. Truck drivers often sit for long periods of time, which puts stress on their lower backs. The video Ergonomics For Truckers shows how they can reduce their risk of developing MSI.

You can learn more about Ergonomics at the Ergonomics Forum at WorkSafeBC’s Richmond office on October 26 from 12:30 to 4:30 pm. It’s free to the public, held as part of  Ergonomics Month in October.

“Most people equate ergonomics with their office,” says ergonomist Gina Vahlas, of WorkSafeBC. “At this forum, we’re hoping to expand their knowledge of ergonomics and human factors.”

At the Oct. 26 forum, you’ll hear presentations on the following topics:

  • The role of ergonomists in reducing MSI risk in the workplace, including how WorkSafeBC administers the Ergonomics (MSI) Requirements of the OHS Regulation
  • How you can include human factors and best practices in your safety program and incident investigations processes
  • The ergonomic risks associated with mobile devices and how to minimize those risks

You can register online for the Ergonomics Forum in Richmond until October 21.


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