Employee safety extends to their workspaces. For HIM Professionals, this often involves an office, cubicle, or other space that contains a desk, computer, monitor, filing cabinets, and so on. You may be seated at that desk for extended periods, and this can lead to discomfort. In extreme cases it can lead to injuries in your back, neck, eyes, or wrists (carpel tunnel).
“Ergonomics” is the engineering and organization of objects and spaces to minimize physical discomfort and potential for accident or injury. It is very important. As an HIM professional, you will be called on to educate new employees. This should always include ergonomic training as well. You may also be called upon to improve workspaces with ergonomics in mind.
Read the Whistle While you Work with Good Ergonomics (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. article on best practices for organizing an HIM workspace.