Ergonomics in Industrial Settings

Ergonomics is crucial in an industrial workplace to ensure the comfort, safety, and productivity of employees. Here are some ergonomic tips for industrial settings:

  1. Adjust Workstations and Tools:
  • Ensure workstations are adjustable to accommodate different body sizes and work tasks.
  • Use adjustable chairs, workbenches, and tools to provide a comfortable fit for employees.
  1. Proper Seating:
  • Use chairs with lumbar support to support the natural curve of the spine.
  • Chairs should be height-adjustable with a stable base and wheels for easy movement.
  1. Monitor and Screen Placement:
  • Position computer monitors or screens at eye level to reduce strain on the neck and shoulders.
  • Use an adjustable monitor stand to allow each employee to make unique adjustments to fit them. 
  1. Keyboard and Mouse Placement:
  • Keep the keyboard and mouse close to the body to minimize reaching.
  • Use an ergonomic keyboard and mouse with proper wrist support.
  1. Anti-Fatigue Mats:
  • Use anti-fatigue mats at workstations where employees are required to stand for extended periods. These mats reduce pressure on the legs and back.
  1. Foot Support:
  • Provide footrests for employees who need to stand for long durations to shift weight and reduce stress on the legs and lower back.
  1. Proper Lighting:
  • Ensure adequate and well-distributed lighting to reduce glare and eye strain.
  • Use task lighting for detailed work.
  1. Safe Lifting Techniques:
  • Train employees in safe lifting techniques to prevent back injuries.
  • Use lifting aids, such as forklifts or pallet jacks for heavy or bulky objects.
  1. PPE Comfort:
  • Ensure that personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves and safety glasses, fit well and are comfortable to wear.
  1. Work Organization:
  • Organize work tasks to minimize repetitive or excessive motions.
  • Rotate jobs to vary tasks and reduce strain on specific muscle groups.
  1. Noise Reduction:
  • Minimize noise levels to reduce stress and hearing damage. Provide hearing protection where necessary.
  1. Workstation Layout:
  • Organize workstations efficiently to reduce unnecessary movements.
  • Keep tools and materials within easy reach to minimize reaching or bending.
  1. Regular Breaks:
  • Encourage employees to take short, frequent breaks to rest.
  • Take regular stretch breaks to reduce muscle fatigue.
  1. Training:
  • Provide employees with training on ergonomic principles and best practices.
  • Encourage them to report any discomfort or early signs of strain.
  1. Feedback and Adjustments:
  • Regularly seek feedback from employees about their workstations.
  • Make necessary adjustments based on employee input.
  1. Ergonomic Assessments:
  • Conduct ergonomic assessments to identify and address potential issues before they become problems.

By implementing these ergonomic tips, you can help create a safer and more comfortable industrial workplace, reducing the risk of injuries and enhancing the overall well-being and productivity of your employees.

About the author

Beth Mayotte

As the owner of ErgoWorks, I have the treasured opportunity to work with companies to provide onsite injury prevention and ergonomics. I am a licensed Occupational Therapist and certified in Industrial Ergonomics. With experience in work conditioning, Functional Capacity Evaluations, return to work programming, post offer testing, and job analysis, I can help employers determine the best use of their time and money to decrease costs in health care utilization and work comp costs. As a Minnesota company that specializes in this industry, ErgoWorks has garnered the recognition and respect of the Twin Cities to prevent injuries for our clients.