ErgonomicsMuhammad Fahad Ansari     12IEEM14
Definition“Ergon” = Work “nomics” = Study ofThe applied science of equipment design intended to maximize  productivity by ...
Scope of ErgonomicInjuries • Cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) are health   disorders arising from repeated biomechanical...
Goals of Ergonomics in theWorkplace• Reduce the risk of CTD• Increase productivity• Increase safety• Improve quality of wo...
Cumulative Trauma Disorders -Statistics• Approximately 24% of all workplace injuries are  back injuries.• Back injuries co...
Cumulative Trauma   Disorders100%                      Fatigue Performance                           Discomfort           ...
Most Common CTD• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome• Low Back Pain
Risk Factors • Force: the amount of physical effort required   to maintain control of equipment or tools, or to   perform ...
Risk Factors cont.• Awkward postures: refers to positions of the body  that significantly deviate from the neutral positio...
Risk Factors cont.• Contact stress: results from occasional, repeated, or  continuous contact between sensitive body tissu...
Age-Related Changes•   Reaction time lengthens•   Workload capacity decreases•   Temperature related discomfort increases•...
Hand Force   A power grip can   be 5 times stronger      Takes 4.6 lbs. of force   than a pinch grip          =10 lbs.    ...
Wrist Bent
Tool Use               Working with                       bent wrists                       decreases grip                ...
Frequent,Awkward, orHeavy Lifting
RepetitiveMotion
Awkward Positions
Back Bent More Than 30 Degrees
Neck Bent MoreThan 30 degrees        Shortened        muscles        compress nerve
Hands Over Head or Elbows AboveShoulders
Recent History• MSDs represent over half of all rated military  disabilities and over one third of all reported civilian  ...
Management Commitment andPersonnel Involvement• A partnership between all working levels is  essential to prevent MSDs and...
Hazard Prevention andControl• Eliminate, reduce, or control the presence of risk factors  • Engineering controls  • Admini...
Engineering Controls• Engineering controls or techniques are the preferred  mechanism for controlling ergonomic hazards• T...
Administrative Controls• Controls • Rotating personnel to jobs with dissimilar physical   requirements • Establishing work...
Work Station Design• Workstations must be easily adjustable toaccommodate the worker performing the task
Training• Training should enable each person to recognize risk factors  and understand procedures used to minimize the ris...
Back Injury Training• Anatomy and physiology to  explain how the back works• Biomechanics of lifting• Weight control• How ...
Other methods to reducethe potential of back injury.
Standing Posture • Keep your spinal  column aligned in its  natural curves • Prop one foot up on  a stool to reduce  stres...
Shift and Stretch• Shift your posture often• Stretch frequently  throughout the day• Keep your body flexible  (not rigid o...
Push not Pull  • Can you   slide it   instead of   lifting it ?
Use Lifting Devices• Use proper equipment  –   Hand trucks  –   Forklifts  –   Dollies  –   Use gloves if needed
Stretch and be Ready • Have you stretched   your muscles or   warmed up before   lifting • Are you wearing slip   resistan...
Lift With Your Legs•   Plant your feet firmly - get a stable base•   Bend at your knees - not your waist•   Tighten your a...
Supervisors Responsibilities• Supervisors shall receive  sufficient training on  ergo issues to  effectively carry out  th...
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  • Taken from the Greek origin Ergonomics is the study Work .
  • As we become more educated on Ergo issues we have noticed an increase of MSD
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    1. 1. ErgonomicsMuhammad Fahad Ansari 12IEEM14
    2. 2. Definition“Ergon” = Work “nomics” = Study ofThe applied science of equipment design intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort.
    3. 3. Scope of ErgonomicInjuries • Cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) are health disorders arising from repeated biomechanical stress to the hands, wrist, elbows, shoulders, neck, back • Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) affect soft tissue of the body in areas like the neck, back, shoulder, elbow, hand, wrist, and fingers. These include nerves, tendons, cartilage, ligaments, and muscles.
    4. 4. Goals of Ergonomics in theWorkplace• Reduce the risk of CTD• Increase productivity• Increase safety• Improve quality of work• Decrease fatigue and errors
    5. 5. Cumulative Trauma Disorders -Statistics• Approximately 24% of all workplace injuries are back injuries.• Back injuries cost US Business $36 Billion per year.
    6. 6. Cumulative Trauma Disorders100% Fatigue Performance Discomfort Pain Injury Time
    7. 7. Most Common CTD• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome• Low Back Pain
    8. 8. Risk Factors • Force: the amount of physical effort required to maintain control of equipment or tools, or to perform a task such as heavy lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying • Repetition: performing the same motion or series of motions continually or frequently for an extended period of time with little variation such as prolonged typing, assembling components, and repetitive hand tool usage
    9. 9. Risk Factors cont.• Awkward postures: refers to positions of the body that significantly deviate from the neutral position while performing job tasks such as working over- head, extended reaching, twisting, squatting, or kneeling• Static postures: refer to holding a fixed position or posture such as gripping tools that can’t be set down, standing in one place for prolonged periods
    10. 10. Risk Factors cont.• Contact stress: results from occasional, repeated, or continuous contact between sensitive body tissues and hard or sharp objects like resting the wrist on the edge of a desk, or tool handles pressing into the palms
    11. 11. Age-Related Changes• Reaction time lengthens• Workload capacity decreases• Temperature related discomfort increases• Visual capabilities decrease
    12. 12. Hand Force A power grip can be 5 times stronger Takes 4.6 lbs. of force than a pinch grip =10 lbs. 2 lbs.
    13. 13. Wrist Bent
    14. 14. Tool Use Working with bent wrists decreases grip strengthHandles get smaller,but hand does not Use tools that let you keep your wrist straight
    15. 15. Frequent,Awkward, orHeavy Lifting
    16. 16. RepetitiveMotion
    17. 17. Awkward Positions
    18. 18. Back Bent More Than 30 Degrees
    19. 19. Neck Bent MoreThan 30 degrees Shortened muscles compress nerve
    20. 20. Hands Over Head or Elbows AboveShoulders
    21. 21. Recent History• MSDs represent over half of all rated military disabilities and over one third of all reported civilian injuries and illnesses within the Marine Corps• In recent years there has been an increase in reporting MSDs for Marine Corps personnel which can be attributed to • Changes in work processes and work center risks • Advanced information technology and training have increased awareness
    22. 22. Management Commitment andPersonnel Involvement• A partnership between all working levels is essential to prevent MSDs and reduce the risk in all workplaces • Management commitment provide the organizational resources and motivation to implement a strong ergo program • Personnel involvement is essential for identifying risks and developing effective abatement plans
    23. 23. Hazard Prevention andControl• Eliminate, reduce, or control the presence of risk factors • Engineering controls • Administrative controls • PPE • DoD doesn’t recognize back belts as or wrist splints as PPE… they are considered medical appliances
    24. 24. Engineering Controls• Engineering controls or techniques are the preferred mechanism for controlling ergonomic hazards• This may entail redesigning the work station, work methods, and tools to reduce the demands of the job, such as exertion, repetition, and awkward positions
    25. 25. Administrative Controls• Controls • Rotating personnel to jobs with dissimilar physical requirements • Establishing work/rest schedules • Training personnel to use appropriate work methods when engineering controls are not feasible
    26. 26. Work Station Design• Workstations must be easily adjustable toaccommodate the worker performing the task
    27. 27. Training• Training should enable each person to recognize risk factors and understand procedures used to minimize the risks• Refresher training should be provided annually and retraining should be done when personnel are assigned to a new job with different risks, or new risks are discovered
    28. 28. Back Injury Training• Anatomy and physiology to explain how the back works• Biomechanics of lifting• Weight control• How to avoid back injuries• Physical fitness
    29. 29. Other methods to reducethe potential of back injury.
    30. 30. Standing Posture • Keep your spinal column aligned in its natural curves • Prop one foot up on a stool to reduce stress in your lower back
    31. 31. Shift and Stretch• Shift your posture often• Stretch frequently throughout the day• Keep your body flexible (not rigid or fixed)• Don’t force your body to conform to its workspace
    32. 32. Push not Pull • Can you slide it instead of lifting it ?
    33. 33. Use Lifting Devices• Use proper equipment – Hand trucks – Forklifts – Dollies – Use gloves if needed
    34. 34. Stretch and be Ready • Have you stretched your muscles or warmed up before lifting • Are you wearing slip resistant shoes • Have you cleared a pathway before you move the item
    35. 35. Lift With Your Legs• Plant your feet firmly - get a stable base• Bend at your knees - not your waist• Tighten your abdominal muscles to support your spine• Get a good grip - use both hands• Keep the load close to your body• Use your leg muscles as you lift• Keep your back upright, keep it in its natural posture• Lift steadily and smoothly without jerking
    36. 36. Supervisors Responsibilities• Supervisors shall receive sufficient training on ergo issues to effectively carry out their responsibilities• Ensure personnel receive training• Request assistance for managing risk factors
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