Is the term Ergonomic overused?
Everywhere you look, products are touting their Ergonomic qualities and benefits. A quick walk through an office supply or electronics superstore surfaces dozens and dozens of products that allege ERGONOMIC superiority.
So…how do we, the consumers, KNOW that this claim is valid. The reality….we don’t.
The claim Ergonomic has no legal standard or guideline. The consumer has no real protection from unscrupulous manufacturers and resellers who slap an Ergonomic claim on their product; and then fail to deliver. Or worse…actually do harm to the user who has a reasonable expectation that the product will meet their ERGONOMIC requirements and uses the product in good faith.
The term Ergonomic has gone the way of past marketing buzzwords like “Fresh”, “Lite”, and “Green”. Those terms are now policed by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), there is a duty of care and claims must be valid and proven. Is that coming for the word ERGONOMIC? Maybe. The challenge with Ergonomics, is that no product alone is ERGONOMIC. Who, How and Where the product is used also factors into the Ergonomic equation. You, the consumer/user, factor into the equation.
When considering a purchase of any product that claims Ergonomic benefit – slow down and do your homework;
- Check with the experts, ensure the product comes from a source with history and integrity.
- Does the product offer maximum adjustability, to adapt to you, your body, your home or work environment?
- Is training or detailed instruction provided on the product?
- and last….your adherence to proper usage is essential.
Don’t fall for the marketing hype – be an informed consumer. The term Ergonomic is everywhere in product marketing, learn to separate the quality products and solutions, from the frauds. As they say, “Caveat Emptor”.