Ergonomically Speaking .... The Podcast

As the world of work has become more digital, I am finding that computer based workers are spending more and more time seated at their workstation than ever before. In fact, office based workers are considered one of the most sedentary populations, spending 73% of the work day and up to 66% of their waking...
A refresh of Episode 11 Pregnancy presents a unique health and safety challenge in the workplace in that the employer is not only concerned about the welfare of the employee, but also their developing child. The impact of pregnancy on any employee is different and so it can be difficult to predict the effects pregnancy...
Are you aware that women in the workplace often face unique challenges when it comes to their health and well-being? It’s true! According to EU-OSHA (2023), women report less workplace accidents, but report higher levels of work related health issues. From musculoskeletal issues to stress, there are factors that put women at a higher risk...
Most of us will be familiar with the mouse pads that are fitted with foam or gel rests at the base and with the long foam or gel rests that are positioned along the bottom of the keyboard. These are marketed as ergonomic products designed to ensure appropriate hand position to reduce aches and strains...
In the fast-paced world we live in, smartphones have become an integral part of our daily lives.  As per Statista, there will be over 4 billion smartphone users in 2024, increasing to over 6 billion in 2029. From staying connected to using social media to managing work tasks on the go, our reliance on these...
Laboratory work is an essential part of scientific research and the pharmaceutical industry. Laboratory based roles can often involve high levels of static postures, repetitive movements, adverse postures, high focus tasks, fine precision movements, manual handling and working with chemicals. In this episode, I will explore key areas of concern and provide practical advice to...
For many of us, how we work has changed dramatically since March 2020 and while some of it has been positive, in terms of flexibility and connectivity, the enduring negative that I still encounter on a regular basis is our attachment to our laptops. This is evident, both at office and home workstations, with many...
In the bustling world of retail, where efficiency, customer satisfaction, and employee well-being are paramount, the concept of ergonomic design plays a pivotal role. From optimizing employee performance to enhancing customer experience, retail ergonomics has the power to reshape the industry landscape.  The retail industry is Ireland’s largest sector, employing approximately 270,000 people. In 2019...
Whether it’s the pressures of work, relationships, or other life challenges, stress and pain are common experiences for many people and can be difficult to manage at the best of times. If you add an acute, cumulative or chronic injury into the mix, it becomes even more difficult.  But have you ever wondered which one...
The working population is aging and employers are increasingly faced with the challenge of providing a safe and healthy work environment for employees of all ages. People are working longer for a number of reasons, including financial reasons delaying retirement, better health as they age, talent shortages and a sense of purpose and enjoyment of...

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