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Ergonomics at Home
“Away is okay but there is no place like home”
Research confirms that this is a feeling which stays with and that most people prefer to live in their own home as long as possible. The home should represent safety and security for the person who lives there, and this is an important factor for independence and autonomy in everyone.
Employers have made great strides in helping workplaces become more ergonomically friendly for workers. Carpel tunnel syndrome, leg cramps and other problems associated with sitting for too long or performing repetitive movements have educated companies on ways they can design their work environments to keep employees safe and injury-free.
Homes, as the place for rest, recreation, and raising a family, it is important to reduce the output of redundant energy through good design and planning. With homes, however, it’s easy to get caught up in aesthetics while forgoing decisions that could ultimately pay off by helping us avoid aching backs and necks. Where we place dishes, the location of a wall-mounted television or the selection of a certain type of counter and cabinet combination can make all the difference.
Think about the needs of your family: Do you have children and elderly? What are the activities often done at home? Is your home catered for these needs and activities? Start by doing a quick sweep of your home to determine if it is an environment optimised for easy use, safety, and comfort for your activities.
Basically speaking, ergonomic in the home encompasses the following components:
- Designing equipment and systems so that they are as easy to use as possible and less likely to cause damage to the homeowner when used.
- Designing equipment and organizing the layout of the home so that the body’s posture is improved and the loads on the body are reduced.
- Designing the environment so that lighting and temperature are at optimal levels.