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Let’s talk ergonomics!

You may be scratching your head at our title. What’s ergonomics got to do with law? Maybe even asking, what the heck is ergonomics? Well in this post we will answer both of those questions and tell you why workplace ergonomics should be on the radar of employees and employers alike.


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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with ergonomics, commuting by car and the minimum wage increase in Newfoundland and Labrador.


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Implementing better ergonomics within the workplace

By implementing better ergonomics within the workplace, the overall efficiency of the workplace will improve. Tasks will become easier for workers because there will be a reduction in the strength exerted on a process, the number of steps in a task, the amount of training needed, etc. An ergonomic environment is a healthy environment—please be ergonomically safe!


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The virtual office: Working from home considerations

With the advancement of technology, employers looking to cut overhead costs, and family and lifestyle accommodations growing, working from home is becoming more and more common. However, there are some considerations that must be explored before such practices are approved.


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It’s time for an ergonomics refresher on training

A while back, I wrote about how mandatory training in ergonomics would be an effective way of preventing workplace injuries (musculoskeletal injuries/disorders and repetitive strain injuries), reducing absenteeism, increasing productivity and improving morale in the workplace. Have my opinions changed?


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Should ergonomic training be mandatory in every workplace?

I recently read a case coming out of Alberta where a clerical worker developed carpel tunnel syndrome from work. She was promoted in her workplace and had to do even more typing and handwriting with poor quality office furniture and pens. She was not able to take breaks due to the pressure to produce, staff shortages and hiring freezes. Ultimately, the new job aggravated her condition to the point where she required surgery.


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Ergonomics health and safety inspection blitz starts in September

According to the Ontario Ministry of Labour and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the leading cause of lost-time injuries in the province. That is why, from September 15 to November 15, 2010, the Ministry of Labour will hold a workplace safety inspection blitz that focuses on MSD hazards in all sectors…


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Employees need ergonomic awareness training also

The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires all employees to:

  • Act in compliance with the law
  • Use protective equipment and devices provided by their employer
  • Report defects in equipment
  • Report the existence of workplace hazards


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Ergonomics training for employers

Ergonomics is the science of creating a proper fit between a worker and the work environment. Employers are required by law to employ ergonomic principles in the workplace in order to prevent workplace muscular skeletal disorders and also to prevent existing conditions from worsening.


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