General Ergonomics

General ergonomic information and information for high-risk groups.

Hand Therapy Awareness & Injury Prevention star
For those with an interest in ergonomics and the prevention of traumatic and repetitive injuries, June is the month to celebrate injury prevention. The American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) is sponsoring Hand Therapy Awareness and Injury Prevention Week from June 9-13, 2008.

12 Days of Christmas with Ergonomic Tips star
The Twelve days of Christmas taken from an ergonomic point of view.

5 Ergonomic Gifts that Promote Computer Health star
Looking for a holiday gift that will help keep the person you care about computing in good health? Here are five ideas that promote healthy computing.

Anthropometrics and Ergonomic Evals star
Anthropometry is how the ergonomist takes the measure of a man – or woman. It is the way that limbs and joints are measured so that a consistent picture of the population is developed. Ergonomists use these measurement in designing or choosing equipment, in designing controls, and in selecting tools

Argument Against Prolonged Standing star
Standing has some benefits, but it also has some physical drawbacks. Even in a job where standing makes the task easier, there are some other things that need to be considered in designing the job.

Awkward Positioning star
A common-sense approach to activities can make work less stressful on the body. This multi-part series will offer some tips - based on the ergonomic principles of avoiding repetition, force and awkward postures - that can help you avoid pain while working.

Can Ergonomics Prevent Repetitive Strain Injuries? star
Prevention programs are a hard-sell. Common-sense interventions that seems so pertinent to those in the business will often be ignored or take low priority when it comes to actual implementation or practice. Why is this and are there any solutions?

Categories of Ergonomic Injury star
This is a glossary of ergonomic Injury Categories. These general terms help in understading basic ideas about the way these injuries occur and how they relate to one another.

Cell Phone Use Can Cause Elbow Pain star
Orthopedic surgeons are seeing with increasing frequency an injury that technically is now commonly being dubbed “cell phone elbow” caused by holding the phone to the ear for long periods of time. Read more about "cell phone elbow" and how to prevent it.

Changing the Work Environment star
Making changes, even small changes is difficult. I recently read a web posting from a person who was very unhappy with a chair purchase. A very expensive, very reputable chair was creating some body aches. This article deals with how to identify an adjustment period as opposed to a problem.

Computer Related Injury - Why Me? star
This article reviews how cause of ergonomic symptoms are identified by research. It briefly looks at the individual factors that may make one person more susceptable to injury than another and introduces the reader to some of the more well known resources for infomation about current knowledge.

Don't Let Writing Cramp Your Style - Ergonomic Tips for Pain-Free Writing star
Although true writer’s cramp is a rare syndrome, hand pain, fatigue and cramping from repetitive writing is not. Even if writing is not a large part of the job, writing can contribute to the development of repetitive strain injuries. Here are some tips to reduce your risk of hand and arm pain.

Ergo Concept-Humans are the Same star
Humans have limits. From a physical point of view, the ergonomist is most concerned about the people in the higher and lower percentiles. These are the ones most difficulty with tools, equipment and presentation that are designed for the average person. They are most likely to be injured.

ErgoConcept- Memory Limits star
Why do we make errors everyday? How did that flour end up in the refrigerator and the milk in the pantry? Here, we look at the mental workload of every day life and how it contributes to these errors.

ErgoConcept-Predictability star
Why do some designs work better than others? Designing for the expected response decreases error and increases people's trust of the device. The more advanced or critical the piece of equipment, the more important this design factor is.

Ergonomic Mouse Platforms & Mousing Tips star
Most of us spend as much time, if not more, using the mouse as compared to the keyboard. Proper positioning of the mouse will help you avoid awkward postures and muscle strain and fatigue. Here are a few mousing tips and descriptions of alternative mousing platforms to help with positioning.

Ergonomics Looks at the Whole Person star
Ergonomics deals with the whole person: the physical, perceptual, cognitive, and mental state. Each one affects the other.

Ergonomics of Test Taking star
Anyone who's ever taken a long exam knows it's stressful. Our bodies react to this stress. This not only affects our comfort, but our ability to attend to the test and remember what we need to.

Fine-Tuning Your Ergonomic Intervention star
Many websites now provide valuable information on guidelines for sitting and working posture. However, there are times when everything at the workstation looks right but the worker continues to suffer from repetitive strain pain. Here are a few tips to fine-tune your ergonomic intervention.

First- People Are Different star
The first concept in Ergonomics is that people are different, and the difference can be significant in terms of their productivity, speed, and health at work.

Focus and Concentration star
As the ergonomic profession changes to ensure injury prevention and cost saving as well as improvements in productivity, the definition of "ergonomics" is becoming broader. What exactly does the term "ergonomics" mean, where was the term derived, and what is the definition?

Forceful Movements star
A common-sense approach to activities can make work less stressful on the body. This multi-part series offers some common-sense tips on avoiding repetition, force and awkward postures to help you avoid pain. Part 2 discusses methods of avoiding forceful activity.

Healthy Hands Week June 8-12, 2009 star
The American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT) is promoting Healthy Hands Week from June 8-12, 2009.

Helpful Ergonomic Podcasts star
These following ergonomic podcasts stand out from the rest, are all free of charge and can be down-loaded onto a computer with audio capabilities as well as onto MP3 players. Many of the websites associated with these podcasts offer printed versions of the information as well.

Improving Posture star
A common-sense approach to activities can make work less stressful on the body. This multi-part series will offer some tips - based on the ergonomic principles of avoiding repetition, force and awkward postures - that can help you avoid pain while working.

Measuring Ergonomics star
When ergonomics is considered in job design, employee training, and in personal comfort, work becomes more efficient and enjoyable. No one likes to work in a state of pain. Employers benefit from a workforce that is healthy and working at peak potential. Ergonomics can support this

Monitor Position & Ergonomic Tips star
The position of the monitor can have an impact on your comfort while working on a computer. If you are experiencing neck, shoulder or back pain, or if you have eye strain or tension headaches, the following tips may help relieve computer-related discomfort.

Mousing Tips for Common Mouse Injuries star
We spend a significant portion of our computer activity using the mouse. Although typing excessively has been linked to carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis and nerve injuries caused by mousing activity is quite common. Here are some tips that may help ease mousing pain.

Musicians and Posture star
Playing a musical instrument creates some postural and ergonomic challenges. Many are related to right - left aymetrical postures. Some are realted to force, or to fast, repeated movement. Others relate to the visual aspect of the task. This begins with posture.

Neutral Position - Elbow, Shoulders, Neck star
In ergonomics, you will frequently hear the term “neutral positioning” being used. Let’s clarify what those terms mean. This is part 2 of a 2 part series discussing the elbows, shoulder and neck. Part 1 covered the fingers, wrist and forearm.

Neutral Position - Fingers, Wrist & Forearm star
In ergonomics, you will frequently hear the term “neutral positioning”. Let’s clarify what those terms mean. This is part 1 of a 2 part series discussing the fingers, wrist and forearm. Part 2 will discuss the elbows, shoulder and neck.

OXO Designs New Line of Ergonomic Office Products star
The OXO Good Grips brand of products is offering a new line of office products with their patented large, comfortable, non-slip rubber handles with ridges that allow for a firm grip with less effort. Check out these products that will take the pain and strain out of everyday office tasks.

PC & Video Gaming - Ergonomic Tips star
Gamers are at increased risk of developing RSIs. Playing positions may be awkward and unhealthy. The practice of playing is repetitive and promotes muscular tension. And pain signals may be ignored. Here are some ergonomic tips for remaining pain-free when playing your games.

Reduce Illness & Absenteeism with a Clean Keyboard star
Every 60 seconds, a working adult touches as many as 30 objects. The four surfaces most contaminated with germs are phones, desks, computer keyboards and the computer mouse. The following recommendations could potentially cut illness and absenteeism in half.

Repetitive Injuries on the Computer star
When speaking of gradual-onset pain syndromes we use descriptive terms such as cumulative trauma, repetitive strain or stress, or musculoskeletal disorders. What do these terms actually mean? Do they have much meaning? Do they let us address issues in the workplace that can lead to injury?

Repetitive Movements star
A common-sense approach to activities can make work less stressful on the body. This multi-part series will offer some tips - based on the ergonomic principles of avoiding repetition, force and awkward postures - that can help you avoid pain while working.

Stress, Ergonomics & Computer Injuries star
An employee may have had the best of ergonomic interventions and still be experiencing signs of repetitive strain injuries. Work methods and general health issues can also impact vulnerability to injury. This article offers suggestions for employers to improve workplace symptoms caused by stress.

Teamwork & Communication - Critical Components of the Ergonomic Process star
Ergonomics is a process requiring team work, communication and education to ensure a comfortable work-environment that reduces injuries. In spite of good intentions, things can go wrong.

The 4 Components of Computer Injury Prevention star
When addressing injury prevention for computer users, four components need to be attended to in order to ensure success. Here are the four Es that will provide a well-rounded ergonomic program along with links to additional information.

The Impact of Global Warming on Carpal Tunnel star
Global warming is being blamed for many things. I would like to (jokingly) add an increase in carpal tunnel syndrome to the top 100 list of global warming effects. This article describes how barometric pressure changes can impact our aches and pains.

The Impact of Stress on Computer-Related Injuries star
Can stress increase our risk for carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive strain injuries? Take increased muscle tension, fatigue & loss of sleep, add in long hours on the computer, factor in fewer dollars available to spend on ergonomic equipment, and you have the perfect storm brewing.

The Mouse Bridge - Improving Mouse Position star
A mouse bridge is a simple way of bringing the mouse in closer to your optimal work space while working at the computer. This eliminates awkward reaching or awkward wrist angles during mousing activity helping prevent repetitive strain injuries such as tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.

The Speed Accuracy Tradeoff star
“The faster I go the behindeder I get” is often used to describe problems with the Speed - Accuracy tradeoff. The person has made the wrong choice in opting for Speed over accuracy. Then, they have to re-do what should have already been complete.

Top 10 Ergonomic Picks star
My top 10 choices to improve ergonomic health and help you avoid carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis and other computer-related hand and arm pain.

Top 10 Ways to Avoid Computer-Related Pain star
The following recommendations make my top ten list for avoiding carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis and other computer-related strains and pains.

Typing Style - Repetitive Injuries are NOT just about the Keyboard star
There are many resources that describe ergonomics for the office environment. Most people now have some knowledge of the best location for the keyboard. Less commonly known is that typing style can also cause injuries. Here are some typing tips that will help prevent injuries on the keyboard.

Using Ergonomics to Prevent Work Injuries star
In the United States, the total cost of repetitive work injuries may add up to $20 billion dollars per year. Ergonomics can play an important role in relieving individual pain and loss in addition to reducing these costs that are passed on to us as consumers.

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