Today’s hand tools have changed to reduce wear and tear on the end user. In fact, ergonomics has been driven by an increased emphasis on worker safety and health. Businesses now want cleaning personnel to use tools that reduce stress on the body and, in turn, reduce employee time loss due to job-related disabilities.

Today, designers consider ergonomics when they revamp any tool by designing more comfortable grips, reducing the weight of the item, and making tools adjustable to different body types.

An example of how ergonomics has had a positive impact on the evolution of hand tools is the scrub brush. It is among the simplest of all tools and has been around for generations. No longer available in just a single, simple form, the once-straightforward item now comes in shapes and sizes for any task imaginable. It is also less demanding on the body, thanks to angled handles and soft grips. Also, newer swivel-head scrub brushes allow users the flexibility to work on areas, such as baseboards or under urinals, where they would otherwise have had to get on hands and knees.