Ergonomic products play an important role in protecting workers from bodily injury. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), over one-third of all nonfatal injuries sustained in the workplace involve musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). MSDs are ergonomic injuries that affect the muscles, tendons and ligaments. With the right ergonomic products, however, you can prevent them. Here are some of the most common ergonomic products in the workplace.
Anti-fatigue mats are cushioned pads that are designed to reduce fatigue. They are typically used in workplaces with hard floors, such as concrete or wooden floors. Rather than standing directly on the hard flooring surface, workers can stand on an anti-fatigue mat. This otherwise simple ergonomic product will create a more comfortable working environment while simultaneously protecting workers from MSDs.
Wrist braces are exactly what they sound like: wearable braces for the wrists. MSDs can affect any part of the body, including the wrists. Workers who regularly type or otherwise use their hands are susceptible to wrist-related MSDs. There are wrist braces, though, that can protect them from wrist-related MSDs. When worn, they will stabilize and support the workers' wrists.
Knee Pads and Kneeling Strips
Some workers use knee pads or kneeling strips to protect against MSDs. They are designed to support the worker's knees while he or she knees. Knee pads are typically worn on the knees. Kneeling strips, on the other hand, are placed on the floor. Regardless, both knee pads and kneeling strips serve the same purpose of supporting the worker's knees.
In addition to wrist braces, there are back braces. Back braces are typically made of the same material as wrist braces. But rather than supporting the workers' wrists, back braces are designed to support the worker's back. If you regularly lift heavy objects at work, you may want to invest in a back brace. Back injuries are common. Bending your back day after day can result in injury. A back brace will stabilize and support your back so that you are better protected from injury.
Even office workers need ergonomic products. One such ergonomic product that's commonly found in the office is a lumbar chair. A lumbar chair is a type of office chair with support for the lower back. The bottom part of the backrest protrudes out slightly. With this slight protrusion, it will support the worker's back.