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.

Is It True That Ergonomic Interventions Are Limited To Workplace Settings?

Ergonomic interventions do not confine to workplace settings in my perspectives. They can be integrated into your leisure times as well. For instance, carrying your shopping bags or shopping items in an ergonomic posture can also help. The goal of ergonomic interventions is to prevent injuries regarding  whether you are at work or at home. To learn how biomechanics can be integrated into ergonomic interventions, click this link:

Lighting for Eye Protection

In order to minimize eye fatigue, providing good lighting is essential.  For computer workstations, the normal lighting ranging from 300-500 lux.  For machine shops, it ranges from 300-750 lux.  To measure lux, we can use a lux meter.

Should Ergonomic Assessments Apply To A Group Or To Each Individual?

Ergonomics is not about trying to fit humans into equipment, but it is about fitting equipment to the unique needs of each individuals.  Therefore, assessment is tailored to each individual rather than evaluating whether equipment or furniture fit workers as a group or not because each individual is unique in regards to his or her own body size.