What is Ergonomics?

Lafayette Rehabilitation Services has been providing Occupational injury, on-site injury treatment, and ergonomic services to the Lafayette area since 1992. Ergonomics is a multidisciplinary approach looking at how the worker and the work place interface. If the body is not given enough time to recover from stresses of repetition, awk

ward postures, and excessive force, the potential for a cumulative trauma disorder (CTD) increases. The areas of the body most affected by CTDs are the shoulders, elbows, hands, and the spine. The estimated costs of CTDs are in the billions of dollars. Work related injuries affect everyone's bottom line, both at home and at work.

Ergonomics involves everyone in the workforce from the assembly line or office worker to top management. This ongoing process is a combination of engineering, administrative, and behavioral controls. It requires knowledge of anatomy, physiology, engineering, psychology and biomechanics. Ergonomics can be implemented for numerous reasons including:
   • Increased injury reports
   • Decreased production and quality
   • Increased turnover.

Ergonomics can also be done proactively as new processes and work areas are being designed to reduce the amount of stressors from the start. An ounce of prevention can be worth a pound of cure.

Our workforce is aging and with it are inherent changes that occur in our bodies. Healing time is usually prolonged, joints are wearing down, eyesight and hearing is changing, balance and reactions are changing. The worker can make compensations if they are part of the process of change at work. Generally as we age, we try to work smarter rather than harder.

Does your workstation:
   • Allow changes in position?
   • Use mostly large muscle groups?
   • Work the joints in mid-range?
   • Feel comfortable?
   • Make sense to you?

If you answer "No" to any of this questions, you may benefit from an Ergonomic Evaluation. Please contact Lafayette Rehabilitation Services at 765.447.5552 and see how we can help keep your bottom line healthy.