Losing labour hours to common pain conditions can be one of the most frustrating things to any employer. Be it colleagues being absent from work or people working at a lower output, the productive implications can become considerable. More and more companies are turning to preventative measures to help minimise this. The costs involved in providing relatively inexpensive equipment is far outweighed by the lost work from colleagues so it is completely understandable and logical to supply such facilities in the workplace. In a study compiled in the , it was concluded that lost production from common pain suffered by workers in the USA amounted to around $61.2 billion per annum. That shows the severity of the financial burden on the employer. If you have not already introduced injury preventative equipment to the workplace what should you look at implementing?
Many computer-based jobs or roles which involve sitting for a long period of time can lead to pain in the lower back. Cheap office seating or people not sitting correctly can lead to people experiencing a lot of pain and even absenteeism due to kyphosis or disc herniation. As an employer you should look to help your staff to avoid any such injuries as it is in everyone’s best interest.
As well as this, foot support can aid with avoiding injuries in the workplace as inadequately positioned feet can produce pains not only in the legs but the lower back area. These should be adjustable and are just as important as the seating. If people sit with their legs crossed or they cannot reach the floor, these pains will develop even quicker.
A support for the wrists is very important for someone who is spending a lot of time typing on a computer. Not only will it reduce strain but it will stop people’s lower arms rubbing against the table. If someone’s job is to produce large swathes of text or complete a lot of data inputting then the provision of a wrist rest will be improve the work conditions of an individual quite considerably.
If you have workers who have to stand upright for long periods of time on end you need to provide them with anti-fatigue mats. These simple yet practical items will ensure that people will retain good posture, experience reduced back pain, lower the pressure placed on their feet and decrease stiffness in the joints. In addition to this they will ensure that employees’ concentration levels don’t drop. Such mats or ones labelled as are ideal when working in an environment which could potentially be slippery such as behind a fish counter.
Finally, not only do you need the relevant equipment but you need to foster an understanding of what employees should be doing and why. Promote the importance of ergonomics and information on how to demonstrate good practices so that employees can help themselves to remain fit and healthy and avoid minor strains and common pains.