FUN Pres OSEH Ergo 200203

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Published on March 5, 2008

Author: Renzo


Ergonomics at Michigan:  Ergonomics at Michigan Occupational Safety and Environmental Health 3/28/02 What is Ergonomics Anyway?:  What is Ergonomics Anyway? The simple answer… Adapting the workplace and work tasks to the worker. The Value of Ergonomics :  The Value of Ergonomics Safety Comfort Productivity What about Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)?:  What about Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)? Chronic physical conditions that affect the tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints, nerves, and spinal discs. Can result in pain and discomfort, diminished strength, endurance, and flexibility. Seen everywhere around campus - labs, offices, Stores, resident halls, plant operations, etc. Signs and Symptoms of MSDs:  Signs and Symptoms of MSDs Eyestrain Low Back Pain Shoulder Pain or Aching Neck Discomfort Pain in Elbows and Forearms Tingling, Numbness and Pain in Hands and Wrists Stiffness Fatigue Stress Potential Risk Factors :  Potential Risk Factors Awkward and Sustained Postures Forceful Exertion Repetitive Motion Contact Stress Vibration Typical Risky Work Behaviors:  Typical Risky Work Behaviors Prolonged, awkward postures Sitting forward in the chair – no back support Extreme reaching Repetitive motions Feet unsupported and legs dangling Wrists bent Body resting against hard or sharp surface Worksurface too high or too low More Risky Work Behaviors…:  More Risky Work Behaviors… Turning head to view screen Slouching (intentional poor posture) Head tilted toward the shoulder (“cradling” the receiver) while on the phone Head forward Inadequate leg room Inefficient work patterns Too long in one position (esp. sitting) Experience Ergonomics! :  Experience Ergonomics! Test your level of awareness. What can be done about MSDs?:  What can be done about MSDs? Prevention is Key Training and Education Assessments and Recommendations Consultation OSEH Can Help :  OSEH Can Help Training and Education Monthly office ergonomics training Job areas as needed (e.g. custodians, food service workers, lab techs) Groups and individuals (on-site or OSEH offices) Slide13:  Assessments and Recommendations Observe Job Tasks Interview Employee Note Environmental Factors Recommendations may include…:  Recommendations may include… Change in work behaviors Modification to the physical environment Trials of products/equipment/tools Reorganizing work elements and/or the flow of work Slide15:  Consultation Partner with units to address ergonomics issues problem solving Conduct ergonomics walkthru’s Help you find effective products Search for low cost solutions Findings across campus… :  Findings across campus… Forward Leaning:  Forward Leaning Back Stress:  Back Stress Back Relief:  Back Relief “C” Curve Lifting with the Back:  “C” Curve Lifting with the Back Maintain the “S” Curve Lift with the Legs:  Maintain the “S” Curve Lift with the Legs Awkward Postures :  Awkward Postures Wait, wait. There’s more…:  Wait, wait. There’s more… Computerized Workstation Elements:  Computerized Workstation Elements Chair Surface Height Keyboard/Keyboard Platform Mouse Monitor/Glare Screen Document Holder Headset Footrest Wristrest

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