Ergonomics is a discipline that involves arranging the environment to fit the person in it. Vernon Memorial Healthcare offers the services of a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist in an effort to help prevent workplace illness and accidents.
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 60% of workplace illnesses reported each year are associated with repetitive stress injuries (RSI). These injuries result from continuous repetition of the same motions, for instance screwing or twisting items on an assembly line; awkward postures, such as bending or reaching too often; physical stress and strain which results in hand, wrist, arm, shoulder, neck, or back pain. Workers may also be at risk for conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinopathy and bursitis, which are caused by overuse and repetitive motions.
Our VMH Ergonomics Assessment Specialist is available to study how workers interact with their environment when performing a task or activity. Ergonomics often involves rearranging the environment—including equipment, tools, lighting, and how a task is performed—to fit the worker’s needs while they do their job. Ergonomic Consultations in the workplace may be arranged through the Vernon Memorial Healthcare Physical Therapy Department.