Recently, I successfully completed a tricky two-handed control-alt-delete maneuver while holding my 4 month-old baby. Although I nearly dislocated a shoulder (mine) and there was some crying involved (the baby) it occurred to me at that moment that many people are not as well qualified to perform ergonomic evaluations of their workspaces as I am. Well, that oversight cannot be tolerated.
Ergonomics is the science of designing a job, equipment, or workplace to fit the worker. Proper ergonomic design prevents repetitive strain injuries, which can develop over time and can lead to long-term disability. Some companies provide ergonomic specialists to evaluate an employee’s workstation and make recommendations as to ideal positioning and equipment. For people who do not have this service, I strongly recommend a website called Ergonomics Simplified.
These folks offer a free online evaluation of your workspace. They ask for an email address for identification but there is no verification so if you are as allergic to spam as I am, you can use a spam proof one (like mailinator) or some other fake.
The free ergonomic evaluation asks some information about you, your job and your space and then walks you through an interactive step-by-step process making suggestions or offering tweaks you can do along the way. The information appears to be clinically sound and goes beyond the ordinary. This skeptical chiropractor is impressed….and I don’t impress too easily.
For the maximum benefit, go to Ergonomics Simplified from your workspace computer so you can actually make some of the changes that are recommended.
Let me know what you think.
Dr. Brett L. Kinsler is a chiropractor in Rochester, NY with a pretty good ergonomic setup for some of his desks but not so good for some others. His office website is RochesterChiro.com