Many people perceive that "sit up straight" is the proper work posture while you are sitting in front of the workstation.  However, this is only partially true.  "Sitting up straight", or at 90 degrees can build up fatigue after a short period of time and lead to injuries. The best angle is sitting at 100 degrees, which means slightly recline while sitting in front of a workstation such that the lumbar spine can be relaxed and supported by the chair.  Yet, dynamic work postures are always critical in regards to injury prevention.

How To Eradicate Repetitive Motions At Work

Integrating keyboard shortcuts, using electronic pipettes, packing materials in smaller bulks are all mechanisms to reduce repetitive motions such that the odds of developing injuries can be minimized. Educate your workers so that productivity can be optimized.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you! During holiday seasons, many of you might be on the road driving.  When your hands are on the steering wheel, don't listen to your driving instructor by placing your left and right -hands on 10 O'clock and 2 O'clock position, respectively.  This might be the correct way of driving.  However, it is not ergonomically justified.  It is better to place your hands on  7 O'clock and 5 O'clock position instead in an ergonomic sense because your arms are not reaching forward.  
Be safe on the holidays!

Why Winter is Easier To Get Injured

Do you notice that you get injured more easily in the winter than in the summer? It is definitely make sense why you get injured more easily in the winter than in the summer.  It is because your muscle temperature is lower in the winter and thus they tend to be more stiff.  This is particularly obvious when you first wake up in the morning.  Therefore, it is very important for us to do more warm up exercises and stretching in the early morning before we go to work.  For instance, plank exercise can help strengthen the core muscles.  This can help prevent back injuries.  For those who sit at an office for a long period of time, strengthening your core muscles by doing plank exercise can help prevent back injuries.  Combining plank exercise with leg lunges can further lower the risk.  If you sit at an office for a long period of time, your lumbar spine must sustain your entire upper body weight.  If your core muscles become strong, your odds of getting lower back injuries could be sign…

Is It Ergonomic To Sit On An Exercise Ball While Working?

I see some people sit on an exercise ball while they are working. There is no scientific evidence that sitting on a ball can prevent back injuries. However, as an alternative, there are kneeling chairs that are ergonomically justified.

Are Expensive Chairs Necessarily Ergonomically Justified??

Expensive Chairs or Furniture Are Not Necessarily Ergonomically Justified

Some companies have a misconception that expensive furniture, such as sit/stand desk or adjustable chairs will help reduce musculoskeletal discomfort.  This concept is erroneous.  Whether the furniture or chairs are ergonomically justified or not is based upon the fit between the user and the size of the furniture.  If the chair or furniture do not fit the user, it does not matter how ergonomically sounded of the furniture.  Further, the user's injury history and the severity of the injuries play a key role in determining the type of chairs or furniture he or she needs.  
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How Frequent Should I Take Break At Work?

It is commonly practice that workers do not take breaks until they need to grab some water or go to the restroom.  This practice can easily cause injuries because human bodies need to move around in order to promote circulation.  As an ergonomic recommendation, one should take frequent micro-breaks every 40 to 45 minutes of their work sessions.  These micro-breaks can be as short as two minutes each.  During break times, stretching exercises should be performed in order to enhance circulation and the range of motions of the joints.