BASIC ERGONOMICS AWARENESS TRAINING
ABOUT THE COURSE
The OSH Act 1994 and the new guidelines set by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) on Risk Assessment at Workplace 2017 requires all employers to provide a safe and healthy working environment which also means to minimize occurrences of chronic and acute body injuries due to work.
Ergonomics is defined as fitting the working environment to workers and how to maximize the relationship between human and the working system. One of the major consequences of lacking ergonomic considerations is the onset of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) or injuries among workers. Examples of MSDs are backaches, persistent pain and discomfort on the body parts (neck, shoulders, hands, knees, and legs), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis, etc. Musculoskeletal injuries will reduce worker abilities to perform work and the occurrence must be controlled.
While medical treatments to cure, musculoskeletal injuries are not promising, they are usually expensive and prolonged. Worldwide, experts have agreed that the ONLY way to combat the onset of musculoskeletal injuries to workers is to have a pro-active ergonomics program and work improvement measure which focuses on practical measures with a target to eliminate the root causes of musculoskeletal injuries.
Minimizing ergonomics related health and safety risks is not a simple task. It requires awareness, training and competency, proper planning, assessment, work improvement, monitoring of employees ability to do work without pain and discomfort and a safe working system. This process is a continuous one and must be guided properly.