About Ergonomics First

Fitting the workplace to the worker.

Most people sit to do office work. Poor sitting has been blamed for lots of health problems.  Simply standing will not solve that seating problem, and there are also many serious health risks from standing.  Sitting can be done safely, and with much less effort. Understanding HOW to sit is the purpose of this course, using a simple method to support the seated spine in the best position, based on how the work is done. The course emphasis is on support because most cumulative trauma problems have a component to the injury that is either caused by, or further aggravated by poor spine posture.

Old-school office ergonomics seems to work well enough, but a lot of people still work with measurable discomfort. Problems of discomfort and “a marginal injury” can go badly, very quickly. Imagine losing a key employee, and the revenue they generate–then pay 2-3 times their salary to repair the damage! More than twenty percent of office workers have some lingering ache or pain, but still work. Those people will become the one or two percent that eventually cannot work because of cumulative trauma injury. These injuries cost the most time and money—30 to 60 thousand dollars each, in compensation costs annually, and another 3-5 times more money is lost to the organization from lost productivity.

Many ergonomics policies shy away from symptom surveys because the current strategies cannot change that population working in pain. We encourage a discomfort measurement because when the proper integration is in place, resolution of the problem is expected.

Most people sit to do office work. Poor sitting has been blamed for lots of health problems.  Simply standing will not solve that seating problem, and there are also many serious health risks from standing.  Sitting can be done safely, and with much less effort. Understanding HOW to sit is the purpose of this course, using a simple method to support the seated spine in the best position, based on how the work is done. The course emphasis is on support because most cumulative trauma problems have a component to the injury that is either caused by, or further aggravated by poor spine posture.

Old-school office ergonomics seems to work well enough, but a lot of people still work with measurable discomfort. Problems of discomfort and “a marginal injury” can go badly, very quickly. Imagine losing a key employee, and the revenue they generate–then pay 2-3 times their salary to repair the damage! More than twenty percent of office workers have some lingering ache or pain, but still work. Those people will become the one or two percent that eventually cannot work because of cumulative trauma injury. These injuries cost the most time and money—30 to 60 thousand dollars each, in compensation costs annually, and another 3-5 times more money is lost to the organization from lost productivity.

Many ergonomics policies shy away from symptom surveys because the current strategies cannot change that population working in pain. We encourage a discomfort measurement because when the proper integration is in place, resolution of the problem is expected.

Mission 

Our purpose is to bring practical changes to the work place based on clinical experience to make the work safer, easier and more productive. We recognize the body’s most basic needs, and measure ways to enhance working strength and flexibility, so the worker can better use, and care for the only working body they have.  The course is a comprehensive guide to the most direct and effective solutions. Secondly, our goal is to share that success with other ergonomics professionals.

Mission 

Our purpose is to bring practical changes to the work place based on clinical experience to make the work safer, easier and more productive. We recognize the body’s most basic needs, and measure ways to enhance working strength and flexibility, so the worker can better use, and care for the only working body they have.  The course is a comprehensive guide to the most direct and effective solutions. Secondly, our goal is to share that success with other ergonomics professionals.

Philosophy 

The dignity of work is a shared responsibility. The employer has the responsibility to provide a safe and effective place to work. The worker has the responsibility to care for their body to do the work. Product sales are not the purpose of this education process—the focus is the proper integration of the body with the workstation. Clear and effective direction is based on effective outcomes to make simple, measurable improvements that meet the common goal.

Medical symptoms are the result of damage inside the body, and the fit of the workstation may be of some cause, just as much as improper movement or injury of the body.  Improving postures at work are important, but may not solve the problem inside the body.  Simple, effective and timely solutions for the medical problem better serve both the Work, and the Worker.

Philosophy 

The dignity of work is a shared responsibility. The employer has the responsibility to provide a safe and effective place to work. The worker has the responsibility to care for their body to do the work. Product sales are not the purpose of this education process—the focus is the proper integration of the body with the workstation. Clear and effective direction is based on effective outcomes to make simple, measurable improvements that meet the common goal.

Medical symptoms are the result of damage inside the body, and the fit of the workstation may be of some cause, just as much as improper movement or injury of the body.  Improving postures at work are important, but may not solve the problem inside the body.  Simple, effective and timely solutions for the medical problem better serve both the Work, and the Worker.