Guide To Ergonomics

What is RSI?

RSI stands for Repetitive Strain Injury. RSI is caused by:


  • Repetitive tasks especially on a computer
  • Forceful exertions
  • Vibration or being in an awkward position for a long period of time

Symptoms of RSI

RSI mainly affects the upper body parts such as the:


  • Forearms
  • Elbows
  • Wrists
  • Hands
  • Neck
  • Shoulders


Some injuries a person with RSI may encounter is:


  • Pain
  • Aching
  • Stiffness
  • Throbbing
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Cramps
Big image

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
Big image

Office Excercises

Doing light exercises is important because you feel refreshed after your done, and it's healthy for your body.


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

Works Cited

Shaw, Trevor. "Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) ." Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). Facebook, Twitter, 27 Jan. 2016. Web. 02 May 2016. <http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Repetitive-strain-injury/Pages/Introduction.aspx>.


"Repetitive Strain Injury." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Feb.-Mar. 2016. Web. 02 May 2016. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repetitive_strain_injury>.


Ewer, Tom. "How to Prevent Repetitive Strain Injuries at Your Computer - ManageWP." ManageWP. ManageWPBlog, 09 Nov. 2012. Web. 02 May 2016. <https://managewp.com/how-to-prevent-repetitive-strain-injuries-at-your-computer>.


Middlesworth, Mark. "5 Proven Benefits of Ergonomics in the Workplace." Ergonomics Plus. Ergonomics Plus, 21 Mar. 2013. Web. 02 May 2016. <http://ergo-plus.com/workplace-ergonomics-benefits/>.