Training people how to sit ergonomically should happen concurrently with training people how to use computers. Prior to the smart phone, computers were used mostly for work and were found mostly in the workplace.
Since about 1985, companies were audited and fined if it was discovered they did not report a MSD experienced by one (1) employee to OSHA. In fact, most MSD’s are called Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSD’s). The fines to companies do nothing to help the individuals who are already suffering from a MSD that could have been prevented.
MSD’s may occur before someone enters the workforce because of the change in how computers are used; and waiting until someone enters the workforce to tell them about ergonomics may be setting them up to be disabled before they even begin working as WMSD’s account for between 50 – 80 percent of all disability payments.
Anyone who uses a computer or sits for more than two hours at a time without taking a break can reduce risk factors that lead to musculoskeletal pain and musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s), such as back pain, by making small changes to their posture.