Every occupation can benefit from ergonomics. So after New Zealand’s Prostitution Reform Bill was passed last June, decriminalizing prostitution in the country, the country’s Occupational Safety and Health Service (OSH) created a printed guide covering everything from cleanliness and injury reporting to ergonomics for workers in the sex industry.
The guide, titled A Guide to Occupational Health and Safety in the New Zealand Sex Industry, puts the responsibility on both employer and worker to create a safe and healthy work environment, both ergonomically and otherwise, for the country’s sex workers.
Specifically addressing ergonomics considerations in the “Overuse Disorders” section of the publication, the publication notes that like other industries, in the sex industry, “overuse conditions occur particularly among people who work in fixed or constrained postures, or who perform rapid repetitive tasks or use forceful movements.” Taking steps to limit the risk of injury associated with these types of conditions, either through workplace modifications and equipment modifications or through administrative means, should be a goal, says the guide, for both employee and employer.
Specifically, OSH offers New Zealand’s sex workers the following ergonomics-driven recommendations to help prevent work-related injuries:
Source: Occupational Safety and Health Service of New Zealand (www.osh.dol.govt.nz)