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Ergonomics problems cost Singapore $3.5 billion a year

Published on Mar 27, 2014 12:11 PM
 
Posed photo of a man with a medicated plaster pasted on his back. Stiff necks from bad posture at work, strained backs from lifting boxes and numb wrists from too much typing - these and other ergonomic health issues cost Singapore a whopping $3.5 billion a year, said the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council. -- ST FILE PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM 

Stiff necks from bad posture at work, strained backs from lifting boxes and numb wrists from too much typing - these and other ergonomic health issues cost Singapore a whopping $3.5 billion a year, said the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council.

Ergonomics is the study of how workers interact with equipment and the environment, and bad ergonomic practices can lead to "work-related musculoskeletal disorders" affecting muscles, tendons and nerves.

To help firms tackle this issue, the Council on Thursday launched a set of guidelines on improving ergonomics in the workplace. These include tips on how to lift heavy objects safely and good office workstation design.

The Council is also developing an e-learning module on awareness of ergonomic problems. Firms which want to redesign their workplaces for better ergonomics can apply for funding under the Government's WorkPro scheme.

 
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