Ergonomic Solutions

Performing the same task day after day can make a worker vulnerable to repetitive stress injuries over time. With good ergonomic support, however, workers can avoid the long-term joint and nerve disorders often associated with repeated stress. To help ensure the long-term health and productivity of your team, Magid offers industry-low prices on all of the ergonomic equipment you might need.


Types of Ergonomic Products

Impact Gloves: With padding located in the palm, provides impact and abrasion protection while providing some vibration reduction as well.
Valeo® GLAW Half-Finger Anti-Vibration Gloves Anti-Vibration Gloves: Reduce the vibration being transmitted to the hands and arms from vibrating tools such as grinders, needle guns, and sanders.
Joint Supports: Wraps and braces for the wrist, ankle, and other joints help reduce the incidence of repetitive stress injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) by providing support and compression to the joints.
Back Supports: Provide support to the lumbar and lower spine region and encourage wearer to keep a straight back when lifting.
Knee Pads: Protect the wearer from abrasions and skin and joint damage while working on their knees.
Insoles: Reduce foot fatigue and provide support to the arch of the foot. Insoles can be a cost-effective alternative to ergonomic matting.










 



Frequently Asked Questions About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • What is carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)?
    It occurs when a nerve running from the forearm to the palm of the hand becomes squeezed at the wrist due to deterioration of the “tunnel” housing it, resulting in pain, weakness, or numbness.
  • What are the causes of CTS?
    The causes of CTS are still the subject of debate, though the prevalent opinion is that it can either be congenital, a symptom of other diseases such as arthritis or diabetes, or the result of activities that place repeated stress on the wrist.
  • How is CTS treated?
    Treatment should begin as early as possible, under a doctor’s supervision. Typical treatments include rest, immobilization, and avoidance of activities that may worsen symptoms, as well as the use of antiinflammatories and corticosteroids to control symptoms.
  • How can CTS be prevented?
    While there is no 100% sure way to prevent carpal tunnel, workers can reduce stress on the wrist by taking rest breaks after periods of stress, wearing splints to keep the wrist straight, and performing stretching exercises. Employers can help by designing workstations that allow the worker to maintain a natural wrist position during work.
Visit www.osha.gov to view the complete standard, as well as other resources available to help you ensure a safe, compliant ergonomics program.

Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 2011

Ergonomic Protection
  • Repeating the same motion throughout the workday
  • Performing work operations in an awkward position
  • Using a great deal of force to perform a job or function
  • Lifting heavy objects repeatedly
Common MSD’s are: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), tendinitis, sciatica, herniated disc and lower back pain

 
How to Choose Vibration And Impact Gloves

Exposure to vibration or impact can directly affect the worker in many ways, including numbness, tingling, loss of grip strength, loss of dexterity, paraesthesia (numbness/tingling of the fingers), CTS and nerve damage.

  • Select the right product - Examine the work environment and consult with your Magid representative to determine the product that suits the application best.
     
  • Size/Fit - Make sure the glove fits properly. A glove slightly larger than required limits dexterity and decreases the effectiveness of the glove.
     
  • Grip - Any anti-vibration glove should allow full use of the hand to grip, without forcing an over-grip. The worker should not have to fight the anti-vibration/impact material to get and maintain a grip on the tool being used. An over-grip can lead to paraesthesia and should be avoided by the selection of a proper fitting glove.
Steps to Proper Lifting
  • Size up the load to be handled - Move it from side to side. Assess if you need help. Being honest about your personal capabilities can prevent possible injury in the future.
  • Establish firm footing - Stand with feet shoulder width apart and with one foot slightly in front of the other to ensure proper balance.
  • Keep your back straight.
  • Always bend at the knees, not at your waist.
  • Let your leg muscles do the work - Tighten your stomach muscles and lift with your legs, not your back.
  • Always keep the load close to your body - When you have to turn, turn with your feet first and let your body follow. Never turn by twisting your body.
Back injuries account for nearly 20% of all injuries and illnesses in the workplace and cost the nation an estimated 20 to 50 billion dollars per year. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) believes that the most effective way to prevent back injury is to implement an ergonomics program that focuses on redesigning the work environment and work tasks to reduce the hazards of lifting.

Long hours at any workstation can stress and strain the body. Ergonomic products customize workstations to relieve static muscle tension and increase personal comfort and safety.

 
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