WHAT IS ERGONOMICS? This is a branch of science that strives to design the job and equipment to fit the worker, rather than the other way around. In the modern office, it most commonly relates to the physical stresses placed on joints, muscles, nerves, tendons, bones, even hearing and eyesight, along with other environmental factors that can adversely affect comfort and health. Ergonomics deals with the interaction of technology and work environments with the human body, and involves such things as anatomy, physiology, and psychology in the design of chairs, desks, computer accessories, the design of car controls and instruments -- in short, any kind of product that could help relieve potential repetitive strain from a given job or task.
TOOL USE SAFETY TIPS: Inspect electrical and hand tools before use. When it's heavy get some help. Don't be a hurt hero. Never smoke around flammables. Watch out for pinch points and sharp edges. Keep your work area neat and clean. Avoid horseplay -- someone always gets hurt. Wear personal protective gear properly and whenever required. Check the label and read the manufacturer's instructions before use. Ask questions whenever you're in doubt.
The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Acoustical Society of America contributed to the information contained in the TV portion of this report.