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Job safety and ergonomic health

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We may recognize the importance of our health, but what about the toll of too much screen time or repetitive motions throughout the day? Whether sitting at a desk or operating equipment, the jobs we perform may call for greater awareness. Here are five best practices to help prevent bodily aches, strains, and injury: 

  1. Perform a self-safety audit. Take time to review all the safety guidelines and emergency action plans set by your organization. It may sound simple, but you’re likely to discover something new to keep yourself and others injury-free.
  2. Assess your ergonomics. It’s so easy to forget how we sit, stand, and hunch—and their effects on our back and spine. It’s helpful to perform a self-assessment or see if your employer can schedule one-on-one time with an expert ergonomist.
  3. Move throughout the day. Vary your job activities through the addition of a stand-up desk, ergonomic mat, regular stretching, and walk breaks. Moving frequently and scheduling break time help keep aches and pains away.
  4. Practice proper lifting. Whether your job involves periodic lifting or it’s a regular part of your work, be sure to learn and practice proper form. If you’re unsure, stop and ask for help. A trained professional is able to provide spine-saving advice.
  5. Form a health and safety committee. Or pursue your own certification! Learning first aid or CPR is a great way to continue learning and become an advocate for occupational safety in your whole workplace.

More online  

OSHA Field Safety & Health Manual (pdf)

Mayo Clinic: Office Ergonomics How-to Guide

SAIF: Self-Ergonomic Assessment  

WELCOA: The Future of Workplace Wellness is Occupational Health  

CDC Occupational Health & Safety Resources: Workplace Safety



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