Q & A

5 Questions to Ask Your Ergonomic Team

  1. Does your Ergonomic Program provide Early Intervention training for millennials/new employees?
  2. Does your ergonomic staff have pain? (PTs, OTs, Ergonomic staff)
  3. Has your Ergonomic staff been trained in mind/body techniques that help to avoid back pain, surgery, Muscular Skeletal Disorders (MSDs) and Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) in the workplace?
  4. Does your ergonomic program save you money because you may not have to buy expensive furniture?
  5. Does your ergonomic program provide easy to learn, reliable and safe bending and lifting techniques – A Back School?

3 Myths about Ergonomics

  1. You will have to spend a lot of money to buy expensive furniture
  2. You only call in an ergonomic specialist when the employee gets injured
  3.  “Correct posture” at the workstation eliminates discomfort and reduces injury

3 Ways to Avoid Sciatica at Work

  1. When you sit, make sure you are on your sit-bones, (bottom of pelvis), not on your lower back! You may have to adjust your sitting position throughout the day.
  2. Check out the way you walk and move. Are you tension – free? Do you collapse your spine and slouch? Both of these cause compression on the spine; a main cause of Sciatica.
  3. Set a timer to get up every 1.5 hours from your desk for at least a 7-10 minute stretch, short fast paced walk, or different activity that involves movement.


5 Ways to Improve Employee Production

  1. Use surveys to measure levels of employee stress and pain levels.
  2. Absolutely prevent employee pain through back education and ergonomics training.
  3. Show new employees you care by providing early training in prevention techniques at the workstation to avoid pain and injury.
  4. Allow for standing and sitting positions.
  5. Have ergonomic assessments regularly to determine work environment needs and improvements.

5 Ways You Want to Comply with OSHA Standards

  1. Make sure employees have chairs with adjustments, armrests that support forearms while tasks are performed, seats that are not too long, and a good backrest for the lumbar area (lower back).
  2. The monitor is arranged so that the top line of the screen is at or below eye level so the employee is able to read it without bending head up and down all day. The same is true for employees with bifocals/trifocals-they are able to read the screen without having to bend the head up and down on the neck atlas all day long.
  3. Workstation equipment and accessories are maintained in serviceable condition and function properly.
  4. Employees are given ergonomic assessments on a timely basis to avoid MSDs and RSI.
  5. Employees have sufficient Ergo breaks.

5 Ways to Avoid Injuries

  1. Avoid awkward posturing when lifting, reaching, or bending over something. Stop and think it out.
  2. When bending, use your hips NOT your lower back. Put your hands on your hips and nudge them straight back. Keep hips back when you bend your knees forward to keep stress off the knees. This balances the hamstrings and the quads.
  3. Pause before lifting to test how heavy an item is. Do not push the body into brute force to lift something if it is too heavy. Get help!
  4. Choose good habits more often during your day. A good balance of sitting, standing, walking, and ergo breaks BEFORE pain and discomfort have already set in.
  5. When stretching, go easy into the stretch. Gradually, and with breath, ease further in. Listen to the body’s signals and know when to stop. Avoid brute forcing a stretch.

The In and Out of Ergonomics

  1. Ergonomics is known mostly for supplying the right furniture and desktop items to fit the worker.
  2. It is little known that Ergonomics also teaches and educates the worker on how to interface with the furniture to avoid injuries and surgeries; like Carpal Syndrome, and other repetitive strain injuries.      
  3. This is sad because there are many employees in pain and they often don’t know who to speak to in their company about getting training, and so it is brushed under the rug as their conditions worsen without getting the desired attention and training.      

Also Did You Know?

  1. That employers often wait for the employee to signal they have pain.
  2. Employers lose billions of dollars annually in health costs and premiums, absenteeism, and low production
  3. That educating an employee is relatively inexpensive through seminars or “training the trainers” so they can train employees, especially new employees just entering in to the company.

4 Questions to Ask Your Employees

  1. Choose one or two symptoms; physical or mental. On a scale of 0-6, zero being as good as it could be, how bad is each symptom over the last week?                 0 1 2 3 4 5 6
  2. Now choose one activity, social or mental, that is important to you and that your problem makes difficult or prevents you doing. Use the same scale as #1 question.                0 1 2 3 4 5 6
  3. How would you rate your general feeling of wellbeing during the last week using the same scale?   0 1 2 3 4 5 6                
  4. How long have you had symptom one, either all the time or on and off? 4  weeks    4-12 weeks  3 months-1 year    

5 Sentences that Describe Back Pain

  1. Because of the pain in my back, I am more irritable and bad tempered with people.
  2. I find it difficult to get out of a chair because of the pain in my back.
  3. I only walk short distances because of the pain in my back.
  4. I find it difficult to turn over in bed because of the pain in my back. 
  5. I find it difficult to get out of a chair because of the pain in my back.

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