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Treat yourself to an ergonomic evaluation this holiday season

December 16, 2009

If you are working with discomfort, Environmental Health Services may be able to help by providing ergonomic evaluations.

Ergonomic evaluations

If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, numbness, tingling, stiffness, aching or other related symptoms this service may be a helpful solution. Use of proper equipment and workstation setup, body mechanics, and other related techniques may help you decrease discomfort and risk factors for injury.

In many cases, simple changes to your workstation will help drastically reduce discomfort levels. Height adjustments to your chair or desk, alternative keyboards or chairs, document holders, wrist rests, as well as related office ergonomic equipment and changes can help improve posture, work habits and reduce risk factors for injury. If you feel that you might need a change and want more advice, do not hesitate to call.

Avoid poor ergonomic practices

Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders, or MSD’s, is becoming a very important issue in workplaces across the country. Although the number of injuries is decreasing, many still arise because of poor ergonomic practices.

Improper equipment such as chairs, furniture and computer accessories, awkward postures, repetitive motions, poor lifting techniques and other related issues can all lead to musculoskeletal disorders.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that MSD’s accounted for 62 percent (308,000) of all reported work-related illness cases in 1995. Even with their prevalence, workers and employers poorly understand these injuries, why they occur and how to prevent them. Receiving appropriate diagnosis and treatment if an MSD exists and proper equipment and workstation setup are all ways to help solve this problem and reduce work-related injuries.

Increasing awareness through education that injuries may be work-related and can be prevented by following proper ergonomic techniques is a crucial step towards protecting workers from MSD’s.

Schedule a free appointment

Call or e-mail to schedule an appointment, where an ergonomic specialist will come visit you at work and give you an evaluation of your workstation and work habits at no charge.

At the evaluation you will learn about the proper workstation set-up, in addition to other guidelines and what injury risk factors may be present. If risks are present, they will be identified as best as possible. If changes can be made at the time, the ergonomic specialist will help make these changes. If more extensive changes need to be made, they will be recommended and discussed at the time of the evaluation.

You will learn about ergonomics and how to prevent onset of injury in addition to other related factors. Please call for more information and benefits from seeking an ergonomic evaluation.

Stop an injury before it starts! 

ehs_ergonomics@mail.colostate.edu  
www.ehs.colostate.edu/ergonomics
(970) 491-2724


Contact: Frank Gonzales
E-mail: ehs_ergonomics@mail.colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-2724