Practice Ergonomics to Work Smarter and Safer

National Safety Council promotes Ergonomics this National Safety Month
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The National Safety Council on June 10 will launch Ergonomics week, sponsored by Proto Industrial Tools, as part of National Safety Month, an annual observance to educate and encourage safe behaviors around top causes of preventable injuries and deaths. Throughout the week, helpful information and materials on preventing ergonomic conditions, such as overexertion, will be available.

Know the signs of ergonomic conditions:According to Injury Facts 2012 Edition, overexertion is the third leading cause of unintentional injuries in the United States, accounting for about 3.2 million emergency department visits. Ergonomic conditions are disorders of the soft tissues often caused by factors such as overexertion while lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or reaching, among other causes. Ergonomic conditions are best dealt with when caught early.

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Tenderness
  • Clicking
  • Loss of grip strength

“At Proto Industrial Tools, we seek to improve workplace ergonomics through product design and training,” said Alan English, senior brand manager of Stanley Black & Decker Industrial Distribution. “Knowing the right tool to use, and how to properly use it, is crucial to preventing injuries due to overexertion, especially in industrial situations. Utilizing a torque multiplier, or properly sized wrench can help reduce the effort required to turn a fastener, improving worker safety.”

The Council is calling on organizations, communities and the public to help share this information and encourage safe behaviors. Posters, tip sheets and quizzes are available for free download at nsc.org/nsm. Additional materials are available for NSC members to promote ergonomics.