Many risk factors contribute to ergonomic injuries. Some of these factors are intrinsic to the individual while others arise from the work environment. Ergonomic injuries are preventable. Familiarize yourself with the different types of risk factors and determine how you can minimize their impact on your health and your ability to work safely and comfortably.
Individual Contributing Factors for Ergonomic Injuries
Multiple factors influence the body and its tolerance to activities. Those individual risk factors affect our susceptibility to injuries. Some individual contributing factors can be changed or minimized while others are outside of our control.
Due to accumulated exposure to risk factors over time we are more susceptible to repetitive stress injuries as we get older. Our bodies need more time to recover from daily stress and injuries.
Because of hormonal changes, women are more susceptible to RSI.
Previous injuries such as fractures, whip lash, etc can decrease our tolerance to cumulative stress.
Health factors such as smoking, diabetes, circulatory problems, and other factors can increase your risk of getting injured.
Stress is also known to increase risk of injuries.
The more conditioned you are the less likely you are to get injured.
Additional and/or excessive home computer use can also exacerbate risk of injuries.
Extracurricular activities requiring heavy gripping and pinching, whether it is sustained or repetitive, can increase your risk of injuries.