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Office Ergonomics

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Ergonomics is the study of human-machine and human-work environment interactions to prevent injuries and illnesses, and improve work performance (Ministry of Manpower, 2010). It involves designing the workstation, adjusting body posture and preventing computer-related injuries.

Most common strains for office workers are caused by repetitive motions and prolonged sitting positions. These can overstrain the musculoskeletal system. Poor sitting posture and poorly designed workplaces may also contribute to neck and back pain.

Applying principles of ergonomics in the workplace can reduce stress and eliminate potential injuries associated with poor posture, repetitive tasks and muscle overuse.

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