Workplace Hazards and Ergonomics
The Straits Times released an article on 28 March 2014 announcing that Workplace health problems cost $3.5 billion a year. These health problems in contention are not fallen from a height or collapsing scaffolding but simply seemingly trivial problems such as back pain, stiff necks or numb wrists from normal office work activities. Since then, the Workplace Safety and Health Council have looked into workplace ergonomics to minimize health problems.
Workplace ergonomics is the science of designing the workplace, which includes the human-machine (tool), human-work environment and human-human interfaces to prevent injury and illness and to improve work performance. Poor worksite design leads to fatigued, frustrated and even end up causing hurt to workers. This naturally leads to lower productivity and frustration in the work environment.