Preventing musculoskeletal disorders is a major concern for safety professionals. One important factor is the tools employees use.
Tools should be designed to help workers maintain a neutral body position and avoid:
- Static muscle loading
- Pressure on tissue and joints
Other important considerations:
- Use supports or counterweights to minimize the weight of the tool.
- Tool shape should help prevent awkward wrist or shoulder postures.
- Balanced tools will help prevent strain on the wrist.
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Handle size impacts the amount of force and muscle strain needed to hold the tool. Handles should:
- Fit the individual user’s hand
- Be long enough so that the end does not press into the palm or wrist
- Have rounded edges
- Be made of compressible and nonslippery material
- Minimize the transfer of vibration to the hand
Other important design features:
- The power control of the tool should not require extra force to turn the tool on/off or to keep it operating. Buy power tools with an automatic start/stop feature.
- Avoid triggers that require high tension with one finger.
- Variable torque settings help to minimize rotational forces.
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