Ergonomic Stressors Related to Musculoskeletal Disorders
Ergonomics is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of the interactions among humans and other elements of a system. The goal of ergonomics is to find ways to arrange the workstation, work tools and work practices to minimize potential for musculoskeletal disorders.
Ergonomics is concerned with eliminating or minimizing the following Ergonomic Stressors found in routine tasks:
- Repetition – performing the same movements over and over with little change in motions or muscle use
- Force – High force tasks involve heavy exertion for the muscles involved. Even hard to eject pipette tips can qualify
- Extreme/Awkward/Static Postures – Prolonged or repeated time spent holding joints in an awkward or fixed position.