Thursday, January 5, 2012

Ergonomics - What Is It?

Ergonomics is the study of the relationship between people and their work or workplace. It's also about matching jobs to the needs and abilities of workers.
What can I do, because of my arthritis, to make sure I'm performing daily activities effectively?
Pace yourself and try to alternate between standing, sitting and walking.
Work at a regular pace alternating strenuous activities with lighter ones.
Perform important duties when you are more rested and energized. If you know a special event is coming, plan rest time to store up energy so you can perform when necessary.
What can I do, because of my arthritis, to make sure I'm working safely?
Organize your workstation making sure your work materials are within reach and minimize reaching and twisting your body.
You may want to use a sit/stand stool which lets you sit in almost a standing position. This will relieve strain from prolonged standing.
Use a proper chair which ensures correct posture and access to your workstation (computer monitor, keyboard).
Get up and stretch regularly - It's important to move!
Choose the right shoes that are comfortable and fit correctly - remember, your feet DO increase in size as you age and feet also swell as the day progresses. Make sure your shoes are also well cushioned.
Try to avoid heavy lifting. Use a cart or dollie to help transport items rather than lifting them.
For more information on Arthritis in the Workplace, call us:
The Arthritis Society Information Line - 1-800-321-1433 or log on to