Ergonomic Healthcare Sink Design: Matching the Tool to the User

| July 20, 2016

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According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “ergonomics is the practice of designing equipment and work tasks to conform to the capability of the worker.” The ultimate purpose of this practice is to prevent injuries to working men and women while they are performing their tasks. Preventable injuries create a host of negative consequences to workers and their employers, including pain and an inability to perform tasks, healthcare and worker’s compensation costs, temporary staffing costs, possible turnover and retraining costs, lost productivity and morale, and lost revenue.

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