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National Ergonomics Month: Your work area can be ergonomically evaluated

By Kareem El Dahab
Student Writer, College of Liberal and Fine Arts

(Oct. 18, 2005)--If you experience fatigue and discomfort as you perform your job duties, you may need to know more about ergonomics. Because October is National Ergonomics Month -- it's a good time to learn about it.

Ergonomics is the science of fitting the job to the worker -- achieving the maximum efficiency of the human body while reducing the risk of injury in a worker's relationship to work, work tools and the work environment.

The purpose of National Ergonomics Month is to provide information and services that can help reduce the risk of injury while on the job. Take the time this month to learn how you can improve your work through ergonomics.

If work is performed in awkward postures or with too much effort, health factors such as fatigue, discomfort and work-related musculoskeletal disorders can result. Solutions sometimes can be as simple as doing periodic stretching exercises or realigning work equipment.

The UTSA Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management offers individualized assistance to analyze the relationship of the worker to the workstation. Recommendations for reducing musculoskeletal risk factors will be given along with assistance in choosing and obtaining proper ergonomic equipment. Evaluations usually take 15 to 30 minutes.

For more information, visit the UTSA Ergonomics Web site, or contact Beth Taylor at (210) 458-5304 to arrange an ergonomic evaluation of your work area.

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