A new study is challenging the current trend in thinking that prolong sitting increases the risk of an early death. The study, from the University of Exeter and University College of London, goes against previous studies that state the act of sitting itself is harmful to one’s health even if people are regularly active or exercise. It also disputes widespread recommendations (USA’s CDC and UK’s NHS) that remaining seated is unhealthy, regardless of the amount of exercise one does.
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Are you frustrated with your ergonomics program because the results haven’t been effective? Are you having difficulty sustaining momentum and justifying keeping the program going? Are thinking of implementing an ergonomics program?
Ergonomic Workplace Design Recommendations for Aging Workers
The purpose of ergonomics is to optimize human well-being and overall work system performance. In dealing with older workers the goal of ergonomics is to preserve/enhance the workers’ performance, productivity and health. The most effective way of doing this is through engineering controls, i.e. designing the job, equipment, tools and environment to eliminate or reduce risk factors that cause poor performance, injuries and illnesses.
Did you know?:
- People age 45+ now comprise the majority of the US population1
- Fewer older workers expect to retire at age 62 or 652
- It is expected by the year 2020, one quarter of the labor force will be 55-and-older3
- New estimated retirement age used by insurance company actuaries is now 74 years old4
- Older workers more likely to have carpal tunnel syndrome5
Why is it when management says “Safety is our number 1 priority” employees hear “Production is number 1 priority”? The disconnect between management’s words that safety is the top prior in the company and the employees belief that productivity is the top priority is something that I hear and encounter as a consultant at the majority of organizations I’ve worked with. A typical conversation with the plant manager, HR director and even the CEO/owner is that “we value our workers health and safety. We want them to be safe and we’ve told them we value their safety over everything else in the