Home Ergonomics Advice Learned From Recent Webinar
Recently, I viewed (or should it be attended?) a webinar on home ergonomics advice from TeamErgo that is owned by Mindy Smith. I have seen her present at least five or six times over the last 15 years. If you contact her, she may share the whole presentation with you.
She graciously allowed me to use a few slides from her presentation. I decided to use three of them to not delve too far into what is an area I know so little about – except that it saves Workers Comp $$ even reducing injuries from home.
My decision to cover ergonomics came from this post on in-home injuries that went viral a few months ago.
If you think that ergonomics may not be worth the time or effort, then check out how ergonomists reduced Carpal Tunnel Syndrome by 50% in the workplace saving employers millions in workers’ compensation budgets.
Ergonomics is Risk Management in its most basic form – hands-on cost reduction.
If you click on the thumbnails that I provided below, you should be able to see the whole slide. I will make comments below each slide. All have ErgoSmith as the copyright holder. Please click the slide as these are thumbnails to see a larger version.
This slide covers one of the areas that I suffer from often – computer eye fatigue. I had recently reviewed a claim where the injured worker had a healing torn cornea. She worked at the computer 15 hours a day at home. This slide might have prevented that reoccurrence of symptoms. The injured worker’s claim was reopened with $40k in reserves as she may have needed corrective surgery.
The advice on how to set up your home workstation/desk is simple yet stress and strain reducing if you sit at a desk at home all day. This could even apply if/once you return to the office. I know, stands and footrests seem like expensive options, correct? Well, then check out slide three on home ergonomics advice – a shocker to me.
A laptop-stand for $17 seems reasonable. I had always thought that ergonomic equipment was extremely costly. In some Workers’ Comp claims, I have paid 1,000% more for the same items. This slide from TeamErgo and many of the presentations I have seen by Mindy dispute this point very often. Ergonomics can be reasonably done.
Conclusion on Home Ergonomics Advice
I think we can call see that good reasonably price home ergonomics is available. Ergonomics did not stop when your employer transitioned you from an office to home.
This great home ergonomics advice can prevent you from having a remote workers comp incident.