Ergonomics and the occupational health nurse. Instituting a workplace program.AAOHN J. 1991 Mar; 39(3):119-27.AJ
The science of ergonomics is fairly new to industry. It encompasses the total physiological and psychological demands of the job on the employee. Through observations and recordkeeping, the occupational health nurse can note trends in range of motion illnesses related to specific job functions and specific employees. Ergonomic approaches are the same as with other hazardous situations: engineering, administrative controls, and employee training. As a member of the occupational safety and health team, the occupational health nurse plays a vital role in preventing mental and physical fatigue and promoting worker health.