As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many workers are working from home. Important step towards this should be developing the work from home policy.

Ergonomics should be the top into consideration while developing a policy.

Ergonomics is about interactions between people and their physical and organizational environments. When people’s workplace conditions and job demands match their capabilities, safety and productivity ameliorate. Ergonomics can truncate the jeopardy of strains and sprains and other cognate musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs). MSI is the most prevalent work-cognate injury at workplaces.

What is a musculoskeletal injury?
Musculoskeletal injury (MSI) is an injury or disorder of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves, blood vessels, or cognate soft tissue including a sprain, strain, and inflammation, that may be caused or aggravated by work.

MSIs can affect the body’s soft tissues: the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, blood vessels, and joints of the neck, shoulders, arms, wrists, legs, and back.

The Risks
The main physical risk factors for MSIs associated with the authoritative ordinances of a job include:

Force — exerting force on an object as a component of a task
Repetition — doing a task that utilizes the same muscles perpetually with little chance for rest or recuperation
Work posture — the position of different components of the body when taken outside of the comfortable range of kineticism (inelegant posture); conventionally cumulated with static posture (i.e., holding a posture for a long time)
Local contact stress — a hard or sharp object coming in contact with the skin
For each of these risk factors, it is consequential to consider magnitude, frequency, and duration of exposure.

Assessing the perils
Employers must conduct risk assessments for MSIs in their workplace, and eliminate or minimize the jeopardies. Employers must coach and train workers about MSI risks in the workplace.

How to curb the hazards
Once you have consummated a hazard assessment. You then need to eliminate the jeopardy factors, where practicable, utilizing risk controls. There are so many variables involved in MSIs, it’s not always possible to eliminate the peril factors. If it is not possible to eliminate the peril, then the peril must be minimized.

Hierarchy of control

  1. Elimination
  2. Substitution
  3. Engineering control
  4. Administrative controls
  5. PPE’s

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