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 problem with sitting.
We use a method to support the seated spine in the best position, based on how the work is done. We emphasize support for a strong and flexible spine, because many cumulative trauma problems have a component that is aggravated by poor spine posture.
Old-school office ergonomics often works, but not always. 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! Ten to 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.
Ergonomic Consulting Services
|Ergonomic Best Practices Ergonomic Workspace Design Ergonomic Education and Training Ergonomic Evaluations Ergonomic Assessment Ergonomic Risk Factors Healthy Work Practices Early Symptom Assessments Injury Prevention Coaching Human Factors Workers’ Compensation Claims Lost-Time Injury Coaching Injury Risk Reduction||Job Accommodations OSHA Compliance and Ergonomics Cumulative Trauma Prevention Ergonomic & Safety Team Facilitation Stay at Work/Return to Work Program Development Functional Job Task Analysis Temporary Transitional Work Assignment Development Return to Work Job Coaching Repetitive Strain Injury Prevention Train-the-trainer in Office and Industrial Ergonomics Ergonomic Engineering Re-design and Tool Review Ergonomic Equipment Selection Customized Stretching Program Development|
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 we find ways to enhance working strength and flexibility. We teach the worker how to better use, and care to for the working body, and we guide the employer to the most direct and effective solutions. Secondly, our goal is to share that success with other professionals.
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. Both parties need different, but clear and effective direction to make simple, measurable improvements to 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.
The Ergonomics First™ consulting company was founded by John Fitzsimmons in 1998.