Health and safety

BACK, WRIST, ARM, SHOULDER AND NECK PROBLEMS ARE THE MOST FREQUENT INJURIES AMONG PEOPLE WHO USE A COMPUTER AT WORK.

Using computer, mouse and keyboard are default tasks involved in office work. And while they appear harmless, those tasks can cause long-term injuries when basic ergonomic principles are ignored. Known as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), those injuries include back pains, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis and other “itis” ailments. Such injuries are the result of a poorly designed workstation:

  • Uncomfortable chair without adequate support
  • Faulty positioning of monitor, keyboard or mouse
  • Poor lighting
  • Work surface that's too high or too low

A poorly designed workstation forces workers into inappropriate postures, from which emerge the first symptoms: numbness, tingling, discomfort and pain. Hence appears an insidious musculoskeletal lesion that might prove very difficult to eradicate from the joint where it lodged itself.