Source: Kristen Cederlind
If you thought “ergonomics” was just for the workplace, think again! Life can be full of hazards, and the holiday season is no exception. Here are some tips to make your holidays healthier…and safer. After all, giving should feel good, right? The key is to minimize or eliminate risk factors in order to prevent injury.
Repetitive Motion – Is there anything more repetitive than wrapping an incessant amount of presents? All that cutting and folding and taping… Solutions? That’s easy!
Lifting – With the advent of flat screen TVs and paper thin tablets, it’s probably not as bad now as it used to be. But lifting is still a risk factor. Solutions?
Contact Stress – There was plenty of contact stress on Black Friday. Crowds of people swarming through the doors of Big Box stores? That represents both “contact” and “stress”. Solutions?
Awkward Positions – Clark Griswold may have made it look fun to fall off of a ladder while decorating his house. That 10-foot Christmas tree might look fantastic, but you’re sure going to have to reach pretty far to put the star way up on top! Solutions?
Static Postures – Are you standing in long lines at the mall? Holding mounds of packages? Cooking a huge holiday feast? Have I got some solutions for you!
The holidays may be good for the heart, but can also be hard on your body. You need to take care of yourself. Be sure to allow time to simply relax and enjoy. We had some fun with this article, but we are highly committed to ergonomics as a critical program to take care of employees and prevent injuries. For more information, contact WorkWell today.