Date: July 25, 2008
Editors: Lori Stiegler
NSLS has many ergonomics challenges around the experimental floor. We have congested beamlines and labs, and many Users and Employees trying to accomplish different tasks.
Here are some general reminders of risk factors to avoid, and ways to improve:
STOP and THINK – is there a better way to do this? ACT - Try to rearrange equipment, or use steps or platforms to get closer and to avoid twisting or extending reach. Lift with your legs, not your back. REVIEW afterward, and see if that was the best way to accomplish the task, or if improvements can help in the future.
Alternate tasks so that you use different muscle groups, rotate personnel, and take frequent breaks.
If you don’t know the weight, or are unsure, STOP, and seek out someone that may know. Modify work practices so that work is performed within a person’s “power zone” (between shoulders and knees, close to the body), investigate the use of lifting and/or mechanical aids, utilize two person lifts.
Provide padding, wear gloves with dots or good gripping surface, provide a better grasping point.
Take frequent breaks, do stretching/bending exercises, adjust the work surface.