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Ergonomic Equipment

Ergonomic Equipment can be utilised by employees to support them in their duties and enable them to conduct their work safely and in comfort. This type of equipment ranges from wrist supports and back support belts through to foot rests and kneeling pads.

The use of Ergonomic Equipment is important across various areas of the workplace and it takes into account how an office or manufacturing environment is designed and laid out, as well as how employees sit, stand and move about when performing certain tasks. This enables them to do so in a safer way, where specific parts of their body are properly supported. Check out the ergonomics buying guide and frequently asked questions.

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Ergonomic Equipment Buying Guide



When you first think about ergonomic equipment, you might consider the use of office support features - for example, keyboard wrist supports to reduce the incidences of repetitive strain injuries. However, the area is far more widespread than this, and many of the accidents that occur in the workplace can be put down to a failure in the ergonomic planning.

If tools have a poor ergonomic design, or the correct safety equipment isn’t used, it can make it harder to carry out a certain task or restrict the available movements, which can lead to serious injuries.

The correct protection



It is essential that employers provide their workforce with the appropriate ergonomic equipment to protect them against specific risks. For instance, this could involve the use of back supports for employers who need to carry out regular or heavy lifts. In other cases, it could require the need for a range of different products, such as knee protection and supports, to minimise the level of discomfort and the risk of injury when carrying out specific tasks.

The right fit



As with other types of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as head protection and protective clothing, the fit of their ergonomic equipment is vital to benefit from the safety elements. Ensuring that the product fits correctly will not only make them more effective but also make them more comfortable for the wearer, which will encourage them to keep using the items.

Ergonomic equipment that fits correctly and is suitable for the task in hand will maintain the flexibility and minimise any impediment that is caused. For example, if a support belt is there to reduce injuries when lifting, it needs to allow the user to lift and move products with ease, otherwise workers are likely to try to do so without the appropriate support.

Ergonomic risk factors



When specifying the type of ergonomic equipment that you require in your workplace, it is first important to assess exactly what the risk factors are. These can vary between tasks and individuals, so it is imperative to do this on a case-by-case basis, to ensure the correct ergonomic products are ordered.

The main risk factors in a workplace are a high repetition of tasks, excessive exertions and the repeated and sustained need to get into awkward positions.

These types of issues can occur across the different industry sectors, and it is necessary to put measures into practice to limit the effects of them, as well as making use of the right ergonomic equipment. For instance, job rotation and stretch breaks can limit the risks when carrying out repetitive tasks, as can training workers in the correct techniques to use.

Having the ability to identify and control these risk factors is essential if you’re committed to creating a safe and welcoming place to work for all your team.

FAQs



How can a wrist support help?

With the use of a correctly positioned wrist support, it will encourage your wrist to adopt a more neutral position, with the hands, forearms and wrists in a straight line. When a support isn’t used, it can lead to the build-up of pressure points that create problems in the wrists and hands.

Why do I need a footrest?

If your feet don’t sit flat when your chair is at the correct height, you could benefit from the use of a footrest. This can help if you’ve suffered with lower back problems in the past, as it keeps you properly positioned in the chair to provide adequate support.

How does a back-support belt work?

A back support gives loading support to the spine so that less pressure is put on it when lifting. This prevents the discs from compressing and the vertebra from grinding together. It also makes it easier to lift in the correct manner and stops you from over-bending, which can cause you to lift dangerously and injure yourself.

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