Basic Principles of Ergonomics

ergonomic-keyboardPrint a Sign-In Sheet | Spanish Version 

To avoid discomfort, practice basic ergonomic principles:

  • Use two hands instead of one for a task to reduce excess demand on a single muscle group.
  • Use tools that are right for the job and fit your body.
  • Choose power tools over manual tools when possible.
  • Take frequent breaks from repetitive motion tasks or jobs.
  • Avoid repeating awkward movements or holding yourself in awkward positions.
  • Wear protective gloves that reduce pressure or vibration.
  • Keep computer screens 12-18” from your face and below eye level.
  • Position the keyboard so your wrists are straight and your elbows close to your body.
  • Change positions, stretch to improve circulation, and take regular rest breaks.
  • Remember to report symptoms early! Repetitive motion injuries are a growing concern and anyone who experiences numbness, tingling, or pain in their hands, arms, or neck should seek the advice of a supervisor. Changes in work stations/equipment/tools can often alleviate these problems before they become chronic, and medical attention should be sought if the problem persists.

KEMI does not assume liability for the content of information contained herein. Safety and health remain your responsibility. This information is to be used for informational purposes only and not intended to be exhaustive or a substitute for proper training, supervision or manufacturers’ instructions/recommendations. KEMI, by publication of this information, does not assume liability for damage or injury arising from reliance upon it. Compliance with this information is not a guarantee or warranty that you will be in conformity with any laws or regulations nor does it ensure the absolute safety of any person, place or object, including, but not limited to, you, your occupation, employees, customers or place of business.