Healthy Habits

Promoting Lasting Vitality and Productivity Through Ergonomics

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Content provided by the Health & Wellness Team at GBS Benefits

Welcome to October – National Ergonomics Month! The goal of ergonomics is to promote lasting vitality and productivity inside and outside the workplace.

A lack of ergonomics can lead to painful issues that result in mediocre work performance, poor work attendance, expensive doctor visits, and substance abuse. Substance abuse remains a major issue in the United States and usually begins as an innocent attempt to relieve pain.

Luckily there are many resources that can help. Continue reading for tips to improve workplace ergonomics as well as information to help navigate substance abuse.

Physical – Take this ergonomics assessment to determine what changes you can make to improve your workplace environment. Make the appropriate adjustments to reduce risk of musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace.

Emotional – Some challenges are too big to solve without the help of others. Seek help from family, friends, and professionals when personally struggling with substance abuse or when trying to support loved ones.

Intellectual – Research alternative options to opioid medications before arriving at a doctor appointment. Be aware of proper management and administration if prescribed opioid medications and come prepared to ask questions if further clarification is needed.

Financial – Many workplace-related injuries can be prevented by proper ergonomics. Making simple adjustments is free and can save an employee thousands of dollars in medical care. Incorporate stretches, breaks, and walks into regular work routines to prevent costs related to ergonomic injuries and pain.

Environmental – Improper disposal of medications can contribute to water contamination. It is important to dispose of medications safely and correctly. Follow this link to find disposal information by state.

Social – Encourage friends and family to have access to naloxone. Share this short video with them to help explain the basics and benefits of naloxone.

Did You Know? The most common workplace ergonomic injuries include lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and tennis elbow. Studies show that these injuries can be eliminated or significantly reduced by 50% or more each year by making small ergonomic adjustments.

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