Ergonomics Made Easy: A Checklist Approach

Understanding and applying the principles of ergonomics consistently in an organization not only reduces the risk of employee injuries, but it also reduces an organization’s costs and increases productivity. This newly updated handbook examines 17 new workplace factors — 50 in all — to consider when implementing an ergonomics program.

Getting Past the Post-Lunch Food Coma

The effects of a big lunch on productivity are well-known – especially if part of your day includes an hour-long conference call beginning at 1pm! Life-tips blog "Dumb Little Man" has come up with a great posting on several stretches that can keep you alert and productive in that crucial 1pm-3pm stretch. Just a little […]

The Importance of Using the Right Tool, Part II

Using the right tool. This is the essence of "ergonomics" – if you’re using a tool that’s awkward or makes you move your body in ways it wasn’t designed to, then over time, you’ll endure painful injuries – many caused by something as subtle as using the wrong keyboard! If you’ve ever experienced the dull, […]

The Importance of Using the Right Tool, Part I

"Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe." — attributed to Abraham Lincoln Using the right tool can have a huge impact on your health and productivity. The right tool can allow you to accomplish far more using less effort. Abe Lincoln would have […]

Beware of … Mouse?

When someone mentions "safe mousing," it’s almost amusing. "How in the world can someone injure himself using a mouse?!" Believe it or not, the thousands of clicks you perform in a normal day can cause significant damage to your arm, wrist and shoulder. Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are a very […]