Guide To Ergonomics
What is RSI?
- Repetitive tasks especially on a computer
- Forceful exertions
- Vibration or being in an awkward position for a long period of time
Symptoms of RSI
Some injuries a person with RSI may encounter is:
How to Prevent RSI
To prevent getting RSI, you should:
- Have a proper workplace, (arm rests, monitor 18-20 inches viewing distance, keyboard 28 inches from floor)
- Proper posture (elbows at 90 degrees, comfortable knee space, horizontal forearms when using a keyboard or mouse)
- Take 5-10 minute breaks every 1-2 hours. Your should do some stretches or go for a walk during your break
Some exercises you can do are:
- Chin Tucks
- Neck bends
- Wrist extension
- Wrist flexing
- Finger stretching etc.
Benifits About Ergonomics
- Improves productivity, proper posture means less movement required which leads to less energy being used
- Improves quality of work, improper posture means that you would get tired faster which means more energy is being used, so worse quality of work of what you would usually produce
- Saves the company money, it saves money in the form of worker's productivity. The money lost on equipment for proper ergonomics is made back by the worker. Companies without an ergonomic environment, can lead to injury to the worker, which costs even more money
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