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Ergonomics

Working Americans spend approximately 2,000 hours a year in the workplace. All these hours worked can take a toll on the eyes, back, hands, and neck. To address these concerns, a new field of study called "ergonomics" gained popularity. A simple definition of "ergonomics" is the study of work, including people, equipment, environment, and the processes used. The goal of "ergonomics" is to design the workplace to the worker by designing tasks, workstations, controls, lighting, and equipment to fit the worker's physical capabilities and limitations.

Applying ergonomic principles can reduce the potential for injury while improving overall employee comfort and efficiency. Most workstations and work habits can be adjusted to comply with ergonomics. EH&S is available to provide workplace assessments, back training, and display terminal training.

Contacts
  • Overall Program Management - Dorothy DeMasi (610)758-4251 mdd0@lehigh.edu
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