Ergonomic Disorder Prevention

Plastics processing workers are subject to ergonomic hazards that include extreme joint movement, excessive force, and repetitive movement.

General Ergonomic Safety Principles

Work involving extreme joint movement, excessive force, and repetitive movements can result in development of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which affect the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, ligaments, and tendons. 

Work-related MSDs can be prevented. Ergonomics—fitting a job to a person—helps lessen muscle fatigue, increases productivity, and reduces the number and severity of work-related MSDs. The goal of ergonomics is to reduce stress and eliminate injuries and musculoskeletal disorders associated with the overuse of muscles, bad posture, and repeated tasks. This is accomplished by designing tasks, work spaces, tools, and equipment to fit an employee's physical capabilities and limitations.  

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