Posts Tagged ‘Ergonomic’

By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Humantech, offers a new webinar “Ten Common Workplace issues in Industry and How to Solve Them” from its Ergonomics Hit List©, a qualitative assessment tool used to help you identify awkward postures in the workplace.


The webinar will describe the most common problems that Humantech’s certified professional ergonomists see while on site, and highlight some of the many effective solutions that clients have implemented over the years. Examples will be shared from heavy manufacturing, distribution centers, pharmaceuticals, and office environments.

This 60-minute online course will provide visual, real-world fixes and will give attendees a chance to see many simple and creative solutions in various environments, some of which may trigger improvement ideas at your facility.

Who Should Attend? Anyone who is responsible for making changes in the workplace, from ergonomics team members, supervisors, and health and safety members, to those involved with continuous improvement should not miss this event!

Event Time: 2pm EST Thursday, January 24, 2013.

Continuing Education: This course meets the criteria for CEUs from a number of professional associations including ABIH. All registrants will receive a certificate of completion upon full attendance of the webinar.

Cost: The cost is $69 per attendee.

To register click here.

Who is Humantech? (from their website)

Humantech Team

Humantech Team

Humantech’s staff are experts in ergonomics—the art and science of reducing problems that might arise from the interaction between, people, equipment, and the environment. Humantech is the largest consulting team of Board Certified Professional Ergonomists in North America. Humantech consultants combine expertise in ergonomics with practical industry experience and the skills of professional services delivery. Their team of highly qualified professionals with skills in financial analysis, adult education, technical writing, industrial and graphic design, and information technology supports our consulting staff. Humantech was founded in 1979 with the single focus of improving the lives of the working population.  Over the past 30 years, their approach has changed how organizations use the science of ergonomics to improve workplace performance.

Note: Neither I nor Working Well Massage is affiliated with Humantech in any way. We do not receive advertising nor any services from Humantech for blogging about their services. We simply want to offer our readers good options for learning more about ergonomics!


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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Recently I helped a client adjust her chair to better reach the arm rests of her chair to reduce tension in her neck and shoulders. She had done a fantastic job of repositioning her monitors and keyboard, but we found that her arm rest height was too low for her to rest her arms comfortably on the chair as she worked.


Arm rest positions. Image from OHSA website.

After we found some potential fixes for her workstation, I thought I’d share some resources with Working Well Resource readers in case you are having similar problems with your chair. For starters, if your arm rest are not adjustable and you can’t reach them, you may need arm rest pads or a new chair. If you do not have a way to rest your arms as you work on your desk or computer keyboard, your poor shoulders have to hold your arms up all day. That may not seem like a big deal, but think about it, if you went tot he gym and had to hold a 5-pound weight or even a 1-pound weight up in front of you for 8 hours, your arms would be exhausted!  And you likely wouldn’t even be able to hold the weight for that long no matter how strong you are. But that is what many of us expect our bodies to do at work.

Ergononmic Resources for Arm Rests

OSHA has some of the best information about workstation ergonomics and office chairs here. 

, from About.com Guide, has great tips on office chair ergonomics in her article, Before You Decide on Office Chair Arm Rest Adjustments. This post describes optimum settings to adjust your chair for the most ergonomic Arm Rest Height, arm rest width and rm rest pivot as well as how to handle Non-Adjustable Armrests and the Armless Chair.

And here is a great tutorial from Prometheus Training Corporation, explaining self assessment tools you can use to determine if your workstation is set up as ergonomically as possible.  The video is a bit dry, but the graphics and information presented is excellent!

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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Orbus Low Back Seat Support

Recently I’ve had a lot of questions from clients about modifying their desks and workstations to help reduce back and neck pain. So I thought I’d list the top posts for ergonomic workspace solutions in one location.  If you have an uncomfortable chair or need a keyboard tray but your desk doesn’t easily allow for one, read the posts listed below from this blog.

Fit Your Keyboard to You Not You to Your Keyboard!

Save Your Back with a Backrest for Car and Office

Backrest For the Above Average in Height That Need Head and Neck Support

Backrest for Short and Medium Height People

Great Backrest for People of Wider Girth and Gamers Too!

Pair Your Backrest with a Great Seat Cushion

Footrests for the Vertically Challenged

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By Sue Shekut, L.M.T., ACSM Personal Trainer, Certified Wellness Coach, Owner, Working Well Massage

For those that are looking for an ergonomic gift for those people on your gift list that are glued to their computers, you are in luck!  According to Shane McGlaun at SlashGear.com, Jeflin has a new mouse with a gel cover that fits comfortably in your hand and is easy to use.  Read Shane’s comments below for more info on this new mouse from Jelfin. (And no, Working Well Massage & Working Well Resources does not have any connection to Jeflin nor do we get any free gear or ad dollars for telling you about their products.)

Jelfin ball mouse with gel cover rolls onto scene

by Shane Glaun at SlashGear.com
I have never been one to think that the mouse form factor that we all know and love needs a complete redesign. I will agree some mice are more comfortable to use than others are, but I like the traditional style myself. Just give me lots of sensitivity and I am good.


If you want to try a different mouse altogether the Jelfin ball-shaped mouse may be worth a look. The mouse is round and is covered with a gel coating for ergonomics and a comfortable feel. The ball shape of the mouse promises to fit the curve of your hand perfectly.

The mouse is designed to be sort of like a stress ball that can be touched and squeezed. The ball mouse comes in blue, red, yellow, green, and pink colors. The mouse also ships in a can that acts as a transportation container. Sensitivity for the mouse is 1000 dpi and it is available now for $34.95 from Amazon here.

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