Ergonomics is an interdisciplinary science that focuses on human limitations and capabilities and uses this knowledge to improve designs and products used in households, offices, vehicles and workstations. The main idea is to improve the user’s physical and mental performance by designing workstations that lessen the stress due to work.
To improve students and instructors’ performance in the classroom, the designers of modern classrooms considered the application of the principles of ergonomics. They applied proper levels of lighting, noise, and spacing. Dimensions of school chairs, tables, and lecture boards were based on anthropometry of the users’ country or state. Classroom equipment is designed for comfort to reduce the risk of having musculoskeletal disorders related to poor workstation such as carpal tunnel syndrome, epicondylitis, back pains, and shoulder injuries.
Performance Improvement in Offices
The musculoskeletal syndrome is common to the employees working on a poorly designed workstation. Disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, muscle strains and back injuries directly affect workers’ performance and morale. Workers cannot be on their 100% if they are experiencing pain, or difficulty in executing their tasks. In order to prevent these problems, offices tend to upgrade their facilities. Ergonomically designed work tables, chairs, floor layout and workstation plan are now in trend. Offices purchase chairs designed with cushion and shape that can lessen the risk of back pains. To maintain user’s proper posture during work hours, offices purchase tables that are in proper height and width. Office floor plans are subject for improvement to prevent accidents and to give workers a better atmosphere during work-hours.
Is Ergonomically Designed Equipment Expensive?
No. Ergonomics enhances products but at the same time, ergonomically designed products were manufactured in a way that they can be globally competitive. Product enhancement is not the only focus, but also the processes involved during the production.