Ergonomics is the study of how individuals interact with other elements in their daily lives, such as the suitability of one’s chair, the height of a computer monitor, and the design of a keyboard. Occupational Health and Safety requires employers to assess ergonomic hazards. Injuries can be avoided when employers and employees are cognizant of the OHS code related to lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling, carrying, or transporting heavy and/or awkward loads. Repetitive tasks, such as data entry and lifting, can also result in injury for workers. In such cases, ergonomics plays a significant role in preventing injury.
Part 14: Lifting and Handling Loads, sections 208–211, of the Occupational Health and Safety Code 2009 provides more information related to lifting and handling loads.
For detailed information regarding ergonomics, read Ergonomics from the Work Safe Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Teacher Resources Binder.