Office Ergonomics - Common Office Injuries
Noise can produce tension and
stress and interfere with your ability to concentrate. And it can damage your
- Common office noise sources may include:
- Equipment, including telephones, computers, and printers.
- Many people working close
together, which leads to more voices and foot traffic around work
- Noise outside the building that comes through office
- Even low-level noise can reduce your
productivity and increase stress levels, leading to problems with muscles and
- High-level noise is regulated by the U.S. Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as this type of noise can lead to
significant hearing loss.
Solutions. You and your company
can reduce your risk for hearing loss or other problems associated with noise
- Earplugs, to reduce background
- Acoustic ceiling tiles, to absorb some
- Relocation of noisy equipment.
- Window glass, to block out excessive
- Carpets, to help absorb foot-traffic and conversational
- Noise-reducing partitions, to reduce noise around
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 19, 2012
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