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Man sitting on couch suffering from back pain

The Little Things Can Make the Difference

Back pain is something that most of us will experience sometime in our lives. Often the cause of back pain is misunderstood. The perception is we must be lifting something heavy to cause an injury.

General, Ergonomics, Office Ergonomics  •  December 01, 2021
Person with tennis elbow pain

A Common Issue with The Common Extensor Tendon

The common extensor tendon is located in the upper limb with attachment to the lateral epicondyle of the humerus at the elbow.

General, Ergonomics, Office Ergonomics  •  November 24, 2021
Shoulder Musculoskeletal System

Shouldering the Work: Simple Solutions for a Complex Joint

Work-related shoulder injuries cost over $28 billion a year. Safe shoulder movement is very dependent on muscle strength and a coordinated movement of a complex structure.

General, Ergonomics, Office Ergonomics  •  September 13, 2021
Young Businesswoman Doing Leg Stretches at Desk

You Gotta Move

Clocking in at a little more than two and a half minutes, the Rolling Stones studio rendition of “You Gotta Move” just seems like a nifty number to motivate a microbreak for about the same length of time.

General, Ergonomics, Office Ergonomics  •  May 05, 2021
Office worker injured after falling out of chair

Falls from Rolling Chairs – Yeah, it’s a Thing

As the weather turns colder, slip and fall incidents begin to rise. A recent Safety Net post, Fall In Down Without Falling Down was a reminder that fall is beautiful but does present a seasonal hazard.

Education, General, Healthcare, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Services, Ergonomics, Inspection, Leadership and Management, Office Ergonomics, Safety Programs, Slips, Trips & Falls  •  November 11, 2020
Well-lit modern office

Don’t be in the Dark about Office Lighting

Lighting in the workplace is an important factor that contributes to organizational productivity and efficiency.

General, Services, Office Ergonomics  •  April 15, 2020
Man checks his cellphone while working at home with laptop on his lap

Remote Worker Safety and Ergonomics

Due to the highly contagious and potentially life-threatening nature of the COVID-19 virus, there has been a recent surge in the number of employers asking or requiring their employees to work from home.

Office Ergonomics  •  March 17, 2020
3D render illustrating back pain caused by improper ergonomics

Ask the Ergonomist - Should I have a ball at work?

I am frequently asked, “Should I use a yoga ball instead of a chair?” At this point, many have heard of using an inflatable ball because it is purported to activate core muscles and improve back posture. So let’s toss that idea around a little.

General, Office Ergonomics  •  October 16, 2019
Man sits at a computer in a makeshift cubicle made out of cardboard

Ergonomics: Fitting the Work to the Worker

Do you sometimes feel like a square peg in a round hole? Designing from the human perspective is relatively new.

General, Office Ergonomics  •  September 11, 2019
Cat playing with computer mouse

Mouse Motion Is No Mickey Mouse Matter

First, nothing against Mickey Mouse - the beloved Walt Disney character gets a bad rap for his misadventures and simplistic mindset turning his moniker into an expression of something insignificant or trivial.

General, Office Ergonomics  •  March 05, 2019

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