Certain work contexts are more challenging than others when it comes to ergonomics. To ensure an efficient and safe work environment, some situations require creative use of furniture, equipment and space. For instance, think of vehicles commonly used for travel in which a small office space is set up. Comfort and posture in this case… Read more »
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Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) are a major issue in the workplace in Quebec. Although workers in certain activity sectors are clearly more at risk, over 45 000 workers are affected by RSI each year in Quebec, all activity sectors combined.
Computerization of work over the last two decades has led to a major increase in the number of people who use a computer to accomplish everyday tasks. In fact, from 1989 to 2000, the percentage of those using a computer for work has jumped from 33% up to 57%. Most of these users work in… Read more »
Ensuring employee wellness in the workplace is increasingly important for employers. To achieve this goal, employers must provide relevant employee training, a stimulating work environment and access to the right equipment. Certain work station adjustments can also improve well-being whether you work seated in an office or in a factory, where manual work in difficult… Read more »
Do you experience fatigue and discomfort at the end of your work day? Many factors contribute to a loss of energy and pain such as your stress level at work, your food choices, your fitness level or past injuries…but have you ever wondered what impact your work posture has?
Working over long periods of time while standing reduces worker performance; it may lead to work-related injury, reduced productivity, increased medical costs and may additionally have a negative impact on worker morale.
Many jobs require workers to be on their knees to effectively undertake tasks close to the ground. Plumbers, electricians and welders for example, are likely to work in a kneeling position with limited space for movement of the trunk and upper limbs.