Workplace Safety

Minimize Injuries with Ergonomics Training

Poor ergonomics can put workers at risk of developing a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD), such as a back injury, sprain or strain, or carpal tunnel syndrome, among many others. Training can help prevent those injuries and, in the process, can reduce injury-related absenteeism, lost productivity, turnover, and workers’ compensation claims.

During training, educate learners about the five major risk factors for developing an MSD:

  1. Repetition (performing the same motion repeatedly for long periods daily)
  2. Force (constant lifting or pushing and pulling)
  3. Awkward postures (back or neck bent down or twisted)
  4. Contact stress (contact with a hard surface)
  5. Vibration (using vibrating tools or equipment)


Here are some ergonomics-related tips to pass along to learners:

  • Keep the major risk factors in mind as you work.
  • Use proper lifting techniques.
  • Put commonly used items at workstations within easy horizontal reach.
  • Rotate tasks to avoid prolonged kneeling, squatting, or overhead reaching.
  • Avoid working with your hands or wrists held in a bent or twisted position.
  • Evaluate your own workstation and ask about or suggest ways to implement changes to reduce exposure to MSD-related risk factors.