Some Information about Ergonomics and Ergonomic Products
Ergonomics follow two main thoughts, and these are about task and equipment design. The essence of ergonomic task revolves around the manner on how an ordinary worker will use the tool or equipment, while the ergonomic design focuses on the logical effect of the physical design of the machinery or tool itself.
Ergonomics is defined as the science of designing products, with consideration on work environments in order to maximize the comfort, safety and efficiency of the workers who will use these products, thereby it is also known as human factors engineering.
Ergonomists are what you call people who design ergonomic products, and they take an empirical approach in studying human and equipment or tool interactions and relationships. They establish a defined understanding on the reaction of workers to their work environments, how fast they react to it and how they process the information. In developing a machine design, ergonomists would take into considerations some factors like how humans move, what are the movements used that are repetitive, the effects these repetitions have on the body, and what certain situations would prove stressful to the physique of a human. With as little change as necessary, ergonomists found that the stress in a work environment can be relieved with as simple as knowing how one sits on the chair, or how close the computer monitor is from the user’s eyes, knowing the kind of support, and so on, and these considerations lead to how these professionals design our toothbrush handle, furniture in the office, interiors of vehicles and corporate environments.
In performing an assigned task, the safety and comfort of the employee are the objectives in the design of ergonomic products. There are observed risks posed to workers if the workstation is not ergonomically designed, and discomforts of nerve or tendon could be felt. Conditions as result of incorrect sitting position and repetitions would be injury to upper and lower back or neck, worsening eyesight or headaches, and so on.
To mention some of office and personal tools and furniture with ergonomic functions developed so far are the so-called liberty chair that one can self-adjust for comfort, an adjustable keyboard that once can adjust to allow oneself adjust the alphanumeric sections thus suiting one’s style of typing, a computer mouse that puts your forearm and wrist in their natural position, a mousing platform filled with gel that also keeps one’s arm and hand in a more natural position, a notebook stand that can provide comfortable eye level since you can adjust its height, and a footrest that can increase the circulation of your lower leg muscles since it has ball bearing rollers that would allow you to rock gently.
The market is offering several of these ergonomic products and it is better that you do some research which ones will serve you best for your specific needs.