Ithaca Ergonomics
Free Grant Funded Ergonomic Services in Central and Southern New York

Occupational diseases for office workers

Ergonomics focuses on improving comfort and safety of people at work. One of the main methods of ergonomics is taking proactive measures in regards to disease prevention. The best way of doing that is raising awareness. When we think about occupational hazards, which endanger people’s lives and wellbeing, we mostly think of electricians or solders. Regardless of that, full-time office work can be incredibly risky for your overall well-being, we say that work should NOT be painful, but it can actually be both painful and detrimental. Let’s list some of the occupational diseases for office workers:

  1. Bad back. Believe it or not, data shows that back pain is the #2 most common cause of why people miss their work (cold is #1, predictably enough). Various studies state that bad back will affect up to 81% of the world population at various points in their lives. Our bodies were not meant for a sedentary lifestyle, but office work necessitates costing sitting.
  2. Eyestrain and myopia. These illnesses affect in 49 to 89 percent of people that work with computers. Spending a lot of time focusing your eyes on the computer screen severely raises your risks of developing myopia, and, in some cases, strabismus.
  3. Psychological issues. Office job causes mental fatigue like no other. You don’t have to do any actual manual labor to get tired, so working with no breaks or working too long at the office is extremely unhealthy and detrimental to your health.
  4. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). This condition has exploded with the more widespread introduction of office job around the 70s.
  5. Obesity. Even though obesity is nothing new, the problem itself is quickly worsening thanks to the lack of physical activity and high levels of stress. Office workers are oftentimes overweight due to their predominantly sedentary lifestyle.
  6. Sexual issues. Closely related to #5. Obesity contributes to ED in males and sexual dysfunction in females. Although both are easily solvable with a quick dose of Sildenafil, it is still a shockingly common issue for office workers.