Ergonomics - What Is It?

by : News Canada

(NC)-Ergonomics is the study of the relationship between people and their work or workplace. It's also about matching jobs to the needs and abilities of workers.

What can I do, because of my arthritis, to make sure I'm performing daily activities effectively?

  • Pace yourself and try to alternate between standing, sitting and walking.

  • Work at a regular pace alternating strenuous activities with lighter ones.

  • Perform important duties when you are more rested and energized. If you know a special event is coming, plan rest time to store up energy so you can perform when necessary.

What can I do, because of my arthritis, to make sure I'm working safely?

  • Organize your workstation making sure your work materials are within reach and minimize reaching and twisting your body.

  • You may want to use a sit/stand stool which lets you sit in almost a standing position. This will relieve strain from prolonged standing.

  • Use a proper chair which ensures correct posture and access to your workstation (computer monitor, keyboard).

  • Get up and stretch regularly - It's important to move!

  • Choose the right shoes that are comfortable and fit correctly - remember, your feet DO increase in size as you age and feet also swell as the day progresses. Make sure your shoes are also well cushioned.

  • Try to avoid heavy lifting. Use a cart or dollie to help transport items rather than lifting them.

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