Computers have fundamentally transformed the way we work. Before the age of computers, office workers’ activities were much more varied – from writing out documents longhand to getting up and going to a coworker’s desk instead of emailing. Essentially, computers have made office workers’ daily tasks much more repetitive. Unfortunately, this has created unprecedented ergonomic challenges and led to the high rate of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that is sapping U.S. businesses of productivity – MSDs are costing U.S. businesses hundreds of millions of dollars in lost working hours each year. Fortunately, much of this lost productivity is avoidable simply by creating a better ergonomic environment in the workplace. Organizations can reduce the risk of MSDs through better office design and the procurement of ergonomically sound tools, workstations, equipment and controls. This lowers the risk of MSDs while improving productivity and reducing costs related to workers’ compensation claims. Many organizations across the U.S. are achieving results through ergonomics, and there are many more that could if they would implement an ergonomics workplace program.
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