Did you know that more than 8 days are lost per employee per year as a result of back pain and other injuries?

The cost to employers of people being uncomfortable or injured at work is more than just the odd complaint to a co-worker, with the Health and Safety Executive reporting that workplace fatalities, injuries and work-related ill health cost UK employers £2.8 billion in one year and HR Director saying that 24% of SMEs have had workplace injury claims filed against them.

Here are 5 ways that resellers can help their customers build a safer work environment:

1. Understand ergonomics

This means the ‘fit’ between people and their work. Individuals’ capabilities and limitations have to be assessed to ensure that tasks, equipment, information and the environment suit each user. Understanding ergonomics in the workplace can help reduce the potential for accidents and injuries and improve performance and productivity.

2. Ask the right questions

When you are carrying out health and safety assessments, the right questions can be revealing and reveal new information. Do workers find their working postures comfortable? Do they experience discomfort, aches or fatigue? Do they feel unable to keep up with the flow of work? Is their equipment appropriate, easy to use and well maintained? Are they satisfied with their working arrangements?

3. Promote the right tools

Make the right tools easily available so that people don’t have to improvise with potentially unsafe items. So where there are high shelves, ensure there is a good ladder or step available so people do not climb on boxes or furniture to fetch things.

4. Recommend a good chair

Many workers spend a significant share of their day on office chairs, so it’s important they are comfortable. Think about the length of time people are seated and what kind of tasks they are doing before choosing between an eight or a 24 hour chair are. Fit the right chair with a flexible back that offers enhanced support.

5. Remember accessories

Many office items have useful counterparts that will protect people in the workplace. Just a few examples are footrests and wrist rests with new chairs; monitor risers for laptops, iPad holder with iPads and burns kits to go next to the water boiler.

Investing in staff helps them to work more effectively and reduces the considerable expense of absenteeism, so taking the time to make sure employers have the right support and equipment in place is more than worth the effort.

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