The Ultimate Ergonomics Quiz
by Staff
Most people spend the majority of their day in their workplace, so it is easy to understand how a workplace that is poorly set up can cause you injury. Using the principles of ergonomics you can make your workplace a safer and healthier environment. Take this quiz to see how many rules of ergonomics you know.

How many employees suffer from musculoskeletal disorders each year as a result of their workplace?

  • 800000
  • 1.2 million
  • 1.8 million

What body position is considered to be neutral?

  • a position that is accepted by society
  • a position that requires the least amount of effort
  • the position adopted by the fetus in the uterus

How are most musculoskeletal disorders caused?

  • cumulative trauma
  • a single incident
  • a car accident

How is productivity affected by injury?

  • increases
  • not affected
  • decreases

Besides the back, what other parts of the body are commonly effected by workplace strain?

  • the wrist
  • the legs
  • the ears

What is ergonomics?

  • the study of the spine
  • adapting the employee to the workplace
  • fitting workplace conditions to the employee

When sitting for long periods, where should your knees be in relation to your hips?

  • lower
  • the same height
  • higher

How far from your face should your computer monitor be?

  • 5 inches
  • 12 inches
  • 16 inches

Why are the disks in the neck and the lower back more susceptible to injury than those in the thoracic spine?

  • The bones there are more brittle.
  • They aren't supported by the rib cage.
  • They are used more.

What should you avoid when speaking on the telephone?

  • crunching the phone between your shoulders
  • using a headset
  • using the loudspeaker

What does carpal tunnel syndrome cause?

  • blisters
  • tickling
  • loss of grip

If your job requires you to sit for long periods, how often should you go for a walk?

  • every five minutes
  • every 30 minutes
  • every 60 minutes

What part of your office is it worth investing money into to promote a healthy back?

  • the chair
  • the desk
  • the computer

What letter does the shape of the spine resemble?

  • L
  • S
  • C

Why is good posture important?

  • It builds your muscle strength.
  • It makes you look taller.
  • It takes pressure of the intervertebral disks.