RedRick knows that radiologists must work in a well designed, ergonomic
environment in order to minimize the risk of repetitive stress injuries.
In an effort to dramatically reduce and prevent ergonomic
injuries in the workplace, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) last week released a comprehensive plan that includes industry-targeted guidelines, tough enforcement measures, workplace outreach, advanced research and a plan to protect immigrant workers.
For the ergonomic
project, faculty provided the community partner with information concerning student capabilities and grading criteria, invited the partner to present an informational program to the students, videotaped clients at work, coordinated initial student evaluations with the community partner, and mentored student evaluations of clients.
Researchers also need to increase public awareness about using ergonomic
products, say Marut and Hedge.
We're beginning to see ergonomic
design in cookware like Revere," said Allan Coviello, president of specialty retailer Kitchen Etc.
But a committee of the National Academy of Sciences said in a preliminary report last year that some musculoskeletal disorders were caused by work activities and that ergonomics
programs could reduce injuries and the level of pain and disability resulting from them.
Interviews with equipment suppliers, ergonomists, government officials, and plastics processors identified five basic types of equipment that create ergonomic
harmony between the worker and the work.
Many of these keyboards come with wrist rests so people can remember to take breaks," says Ted Selker, manager of user systems ergonomics
research at the Alameden Research Center in San Jose, Calif.
In fact, these symptoms usually can be ameliorated through ergonomic
interventions such as improved tools and workplace redesigns.
The National Association of Manufacturers told OSHA that an ergonomic
standard would create a flood of lawsuits and cause workers' compensation claims to "rise uncontrollably.
Unlike other consumers, disabled people must make most "buy" (or more frequently "no buy") decisions based on ergonomic
While 86 percent of office workers report some discomfort from their office furniture and equipment - 41 percent say it actually does cause a pain-in-the-neck - a little ergonomic
fine-tuning can go a long way.