Ergonomics is defined as the study of the relationship between people, their activities, their equipment and their environment. The purpose is to design workspaces and tools to help people do their jobs comfortably and safely. The goal is to enhance human performance while improving health, comfort, safety and job satisfaction. Click here to review the Ergonomics Program/Policy.
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The practice of ergonomic principles in the laboratory can help prevent injuries. Choose a topic below for more information on protecting yourself from injury.
The practice of ergonomic principles in the laboratory can help prevent injuries. Check out how protect yourself from injury.
Tips for Lifting Safety
Pre-plan, know where you are going before you lift. Choose a clear path.
- Increase balance by keeping your feet shoulder width apart. One foot should be slightly forward.
- Take a deep breath, and tighten your stomach muscles before you lift.
- Bend at your knees and hips, not your waist. Lift using your leg muscles to reduce the load on your back.
- Lift smoothly; do not jerk as you lift. Sudden movement and weight shifts can injure your back.
- Face the load you are lifting.
- Hold the load close to your body at waist height.
- Turn with your feet, not your back, to avoid twisting when lifting.