Many people from all walks of life have had to deal with some sort of excruciating pain and discomfort in different parts of their bodies that resulted from some sort of repetitive exertion. With increasing incidence in work-related injuries, ergonomics is touted as critical in workforce safety. The way you implement ergonomics and safety programs can be just as important as the chairs, keyboards and computer screens these programs advocate. Consider a systematic, data-driven approach to ergonomics.

Many companies throughout the USA are engaging the training services of Professional Safety Training Services (PSTS), Inc. of Cherry Hill, New Jersey to teach their personnel how to prevent serious injuries they receive from continual repetitive motions and unsafe movements they make during their daily work activities.

Healthy SpineHealth professionals and marketing mavens have often thrown around the term “ergonomics” with abandon. For some, it has a very specific meaning; for others it covers everything from ergonomic computer chairs and workstations to display screens and keyboards, even ergonomically efficient ink pens. Yet in office, manufacturing or hospital settings, where ergonomics is most common, there are complications of heat, noise, slippery surfaces and myriad exposures of extension, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, pinching, grasping, bending and reaching.

There may be electrical issues and fall protection challenges, as well as repetitive tasks such as valve turning. There may be headaches, back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, repetitive strain injuries are the fastest-growing occupational hazard. Computer vision syndrome affects almost 66 million people — in fact, 91 percent of all computer users suffer from eyestrain, says the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety. Unsafe lifting is also one of the most common causes of back and shoulder injuries.

While businesses in the United States are spending more than $60 billion annually for compensable injuries in every type of work environment, the costs associated with ergonomics-related work disorders are more than $2 billion of direct and indirect costs estimated annually in the U.S. alone. But really, it’s about people getting hurt on the job and the responsibility of the employers and the diligence of the employees to protect themselves and each other. With increasing incidence in work-related disorders, strains and sprains, ergonomics is considered to be as critical in both workforce safety and productivity.

Now, conventional wisdom states that if your ergonomics and safety program spends enough money on ergonomic chairs, keyboards and computer screens, you can kiss your company's repetitive-strain injuries (and related productivity losses) goodbye. However, the way you implement corrective changes to improve safety and ergonomic issues can be just as important as utilizing a goofy-looking, albeit more comfortable, ergonomic keyboard.

Many safety managers, especially those in small businesses or small facilities, have limited resources and staff to focus on this area, and the bureaucratic nightmare that is the process can also be slow and exhausting. Obviously, not implementing corrective actions in a timely manner can result in a hazardous and unsafe workplace, OSHA non-compliance or, in the worse case scenario, fatalities. This article was posted on the PSTS NEWS web page to inform the readers about the dangers of unsafe work practices, vigorous exercise and improper actions during recreational activities. Precautions and solutions must be taken in order to be safe and remain healthy.

Most companies no matter how small, large or wealthy they may be, look upon Safety Training and Quality Control as overhead functions rather than essential entities that can prevent serious injuries and produce products or services of excellent quality. Seemingly, many companies are more interested in cutting costs to save money or to earn large profits than they are in saving lives. They seem to have less interest in teaching their personnel how to prevent serious injuries and fatalities before they happen. Usually someone or a group of individuals within a company has to suffer a fatality before they will consider to have their personnel trained. Training after the fact is often too late to help those who may have already suffered serious injuries.

Many firms that require the use of repetitive motions or other stressful activities, engage Professional Safety Training Services, Inc. to teach their employees how to be Ergonomically safe. PSTS, Inc. is a qualified training firm that if called upon to provide Ergonomic training, will conduct the training of personnel in a motivated manner that will inspire and encourage individuals to think first about what they will be doing in order to ensure that they will perform such actions in a safe manner. During their instructions, PSTS, Inc. will demonstrate unique methods and exercise techniques that will help to prevent unnecessary injuries.

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