Workplace ergonomics covers all industries from labor-intensive manufacturing work to cubicle-bound office jobs. Whether you spend your workday sitting at a desk typing on a keyboard, or hauling heavy loads from truck beds to shelving units, ergonomics plays a role in your overall health and safety. At Electro Kinetic Technologies, we specialize specifically in motorized ergonomic equipment for transport, but that’s only one subset of all the different kinds of equipment that might be needed depending on where you work and what kind of work you do.
Ergonomics For the Office or Clinic
If you work behind the front desk at a clinic, or conduct data entry as an administrative assistant, here of a few of the ergonomic tools that might improve your daily life:
- Standup workstation
- Electric desk
- Ergonomic desk chair
- Ergonomic keyboard
- Ergonomic mouse/mouse pad
- Adjustable monitor arm
- Ergonomic mail cart and/or office supply cart
Of course, some jobs in the medical industry are much more active, even though we don’t usually classify them as labor-intensive. However, just because we don’t associate patient transport with heavy industry, doesn’t mean ergonomics aren’t vital for the health and safety of nurses and CNAs. For those more active jobs, motorized patient transport chairs are important, as well as standard motorized medical carts for hauling heavy medical equipment around a hospital or clinic.
Ergonomics For the Warehouse or Shop Floor
The need for ergonomics in the workplace is usually more obvious in industries that cause considerable stress to the body on a daily basis, like foundry work, heavy manufacturing, construction, or agriculture. The list below contains some of the most common and effective forms of ergonomic equipment for transporting materials, designed to reduce stress on the bodies of individual employees, while also improving overall workplace efficiency.
- Motorized dollies
- Motorized platform carts
- Motorized cylinder carts
- Remote control, or driverless, carts
- Motorized transfer carts
- Scissor lift carts
- Motorized tuggers
- Motorized trailers
- Motorized hoists and pulleys
- Motorized cranes
Though most of these pieces of equipment are available in manual versions, manual carts, hoists, and dollies don’t cut down significantly on the musculoskeletal strain employees are subjected to when lifting and transporting heavy loads. Though the initial strain may seem inconsequential, the buildup of strain created when using manual equipment still results in tens of thousands of dollars in healthcare costs and fines for businesses. Investing in higher quality ergonomic material handling equipment that can literally pull it’s own weight will save you and your employees time and money in the long run.
Ergonomic equipment varies depending on the industry, but regardless of the strenuous nature of the work being done, it’s important to implement ergonomic solutions whenever possible to improve the safety of your employees and the efficiency of your business, while also avoiding hefty OSHA fines. Investing in ergonomics in the workplace early in 2016 can help you become a leaner, safer workplace than the competition before the year’s end.