Ergonomics is a science concerned with the ‘fit’ between people and their work. It puts people first, taking account of their capabilities and limitations. Ergonomics aims to make sure that tasks, equipment, information and the environment fit each worker.
Workplace injuries are costly for organisations around the country and workplace injuries stretch well beyond, with the cost of medical and legal expenses. There are too many workplace injuries that could be avoided and prevention is better than cure.
In most developed cities in world 70% of the office work force now sits on the job and many are in front of computers. With so much work being done in a seated position today, a comfortable workstation is of greater importance than ever before. Poor sitting posture and poorly designed workspaces are major causes of neck and back pain, which are the main reasons for lost work time.
The human body was not designed to sit for extended periods of time, work in awkward positions that chronically contract or stretch muscles. Unfortunately, most jobs today require people to perform such activities. Therefore, a well-designed workstation and proper sitting postures are essential in reducing and preventing potential problems caused by the demands of today's jobs.