Vermont Dental Conference

Program 7  ​Ergonomics: How to Work All Day and Go Home without Aching All Over

Mary Govoni, CDA, RDH, MBA     2 CEUs/Clinical
Audience Code: ​D, H, A, O      Reference: ERGONOMICS

Are you sacrificing your body to care for your patients? Pain, numbness, and the eventual physical toll of working chairside can end careers prematurely--but it doesn't have to be this way. Putting ergonomic principles into practice can protect your body today and your livelihood tomorrow.

This course offers the entire dental team an introduction to ergonomics and the risk factors that may cause work-related musculoskeletal injuries. From the front desk to treatment rooms, the program focuses on creating a healthy work environment for the team through posture, workplace design, equipment selection, positioning and increased visibility within the oral cavity. When the team is able to work in their most comfortable environment, they are able to deliver optimal care to their patients.

Program Objectives:

  • Identify ergonomic hazards that may lead to musculoskeletal disorders, including back, neck and shoulder pain.
  • Describe how ergonomic improvements can reduce stress through greater efficiency and patient comfort during treatment
  • Identify equipment and design issues that cause ergonomic hazards
  • Evaluate work spaces in the dental practices for design and hazard identification most effective with each generational group