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The Four E's


  • Learn proper techniques for lifting, stretching and limiting repetitive motion
  • Learn how to use ergonomic aids properly and be compliant


  • Participate in exercise programs
  • Perform gentle stretching exercises prior to your shift
  • Keep physically fit


  • Redesign your work area by arranging items properly within the work zone.
  • Examine and improve lighting and noise levels whenever possible


  • Watch for ergonomic alternatives and make management aware of available options.
  • Wrist support, mouse, keyboards and keyboard drawers, cart, lamps (less expensive equipment)
  • Furniture, chairs, workbenches, desks (more expensive equipment)