As an office worker, you may feel as though you are exempt from accidents at work, or work-related injuries and illness. Yet, in fact, poor ergonomic practices in office-based job roles are one of the main culprits for occupational repetitive strain injuries.
There are, of course, ways to minimise the risk of work-related repetitive strain injuries, most of which can be implemented through sensible office ergonomic practices.
Employing good ergonomic practices in the office
If you sit behind your desk for hours on end, your employer should carry out a workplace assessment to ensure that your environment is suited to your needs. By employing sensible office ergonomic practices together, you and your employer can minimise the risk of work-related repetitive strain injuries.
The benefits of sensible office ergonomic practices include, but are not limited to:
- Improved use of muscles, in turn preventing fatigue
- Optimal positioning of the spine, preventing abnormal spine fixing
- Reduction of postural strain, in turn minimising back, neck and shoulder pain
- Reduction of stress on soft tissues
Office ergonomic practices: Chairs
Your chair should be positioned so that your knees are aligned with your hips and that your feet rest naturally on the floor, footrests should be provided if required. Ask for a chair, or equipment, that supports the lower part of your back.
Office ergonomic practices: Equipment
Your workplace assessment should consider the optimum positioning of your equipment, including your mouse, computer monitor, and even stationery items such as staplers and tape dispensers. Your computer monitor height should also be adjusted to prevent strain to the neck.
Workplace injuries caused by poor ergonomic practices
If you have sustained a work-related injury through no fault of your own, that you believe is due to poor ergonomic practices, you may be left feeling disgruntled as well as in pain.
In the case that your employer has failed to provide you with a workplace environment suited to your individual ergonomic needs, through a workplace assessment, they could be held liable for any related injury you have sustained.
Accident Advice Helpline
Of course, all work-related accidents are individual. With this in mind, at Accident Advice Helpline, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss the basics of your claim and determine both liability and eligibility to claim.
For more information, speak with one of our specialist advisors today on our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Author: Accident Advice