Is Ergonomics Science?
Updated: Apr 8
The process of completing an ergonomic evaluation may seem mysterious or complicated but its neither of these and instead is based on science, engineering, and logic. Its predictable and repeatable but is never the same twice as every client has their own unique circumstances, challenges, work styles, job tasks and physical attributes. Just like no two grains of sand are alike, no two clients are alike either.
To ensure the best outcome for an evaluation, its critical that the client be forthcoming with the challenges they are facing. Whether it’s a low-level ache, chronic discomfort, frustration, lack of understanding or being honest about bad habits, no detail is too small for your evaluator to help understand your situation. Based on this information which may be gathered either in a conversation with you or through a discomfort survey, combined with a thorough review of your furniture and technology configuration, work habits, job functions and your environment, an evaluator will be able to draw conclusions regarding the root cause of your challenges and make concrete suggestions to improve your comfort and reduce the risk of fatigue.
The objective will always be to first develop high impact, low or no cost engineering solutions. This could be adjustments to your furniture or technology set-up, process changes in your workflow and other tangible adjustments that get at the core of the problem without relying on you to remember to do something. For example, if you correctly adjust your chair, typing surface and technology to an ergonomic posture that fits you this is often a one and done change that you never have to think about again. When something is automatic or done for us, we don’t have to rely on our memory to do it, kind of like a good habit you have established, it sticks and brings you benefits.
While the loose definition of ergonomics is the science of how we as humans interact with a system around us. That system can be almost anything like the interior of your car, using a consumer product, the layout of your kitchen, etc. If good design is implemented, you will have a positive experience with the system and if its not, you will become easily frustrated, disappointed and even can be injured. Good design doesn’t have to cost a lot when it comes to your workspace. It can be achieved with simply positioning furniture and equipment in the right place for you. While it can be helpful to sometimes purchase an accessory or furniture item to enhance adjustability such as a good chair, monitor or laptop riser, don’t let the misconception that having an assessment completed will automatically result in your having to spend money on equipment that may not be in your budget.
A qualified and experienced ergonomic assessor like Be Well Ergo, will have candid conversations with you regarding assessment findings and resources that can be applied to enhance your comfort, but we will always start with the low or no cost engineering solutions first and then let you or your company decide from there what your next steps will be regarding the addition of equipment. We are not here to sell you equipment of any kind but are instead a trusted resource to find solutions to help you feel more comfortable, reduce fatigue and enhance your productivity in your workspace.
If this appeals to you and you would like to learn more, contact us for a free discovery call to determine the right approach for a personalized evaluation for you or for the employees in your company who are in need. Remember, preventing discomfort and injuries proactively is much less time consuming and less expensive than reacting to injuries that have already occurred. We are here to help you Be Well in your workplace.