SUGGESTED ANCHOR LEAD: TODAY'S OFFICES AMAZE US WITH THE POWER OF
ADVANCED COMPUTERS AND NEARLY INSTANTANEOUS ELECTRONIC
COMMUNICATIONS -- BUT, THERE CAN BE A HUMAN COST TO ALL THIS.
OFFICES THAT ARE POORLY DESIGNED AND ARRANGED CAN MAKE OFFICE
WORKERS LESS PRODUCTIVE OR EVEN CAUSE THEM HARM. MANY SUFFER FROM
WORK-RELATED INJURIES AND ILLNESSES CALLED MUSCULOSKELETAL
DISORDERS (MSDs) OR FROM EYESTRAIN. MSDs, WHICH MAY INCLUDE
CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME, NECK AND BACK PAIN, OFTEN RESULT IN LOST
WORKDAYS AND INCREASED MEDICAL AND INSURANCE COSTS. THE SCIENCE
OF ERGONOMICS ADDRESSES THESE PROBLEMS AND CAN OFTEN PREVENT
INJURIES, INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY AND POSITIVELY IMPACT THE
COMPANY'S BOTTOM-LINE. RECENTLY, LEADING ERGONOMIC EXPERTS
GATHERED TO DISCUSS THE ISSUE. HEALTH REPORTER CHRISTIANE ARBESU
HAS THE STORY.
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MOST OFFICE WORKERS SPEND HOURS A DAY AT THEIR
COMPUTERS. AND MANY EXPERIENCE PAINS IN THEIR WRISTS,
NECKS AND BACKS BECAUSE OF IT.
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ACCORDING TO THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, 64% OF ALL
WORKPLACE ILLNESSES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH REPEATED TRAUMA,
SUCH AS CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME.
Stover H. Snook, Ph.D., Lecturer on Ergonomics, Harvard
School of Public Health
"Musculoskeletal disorders represent about one third of
all the worker compensation claims that are paid out.
One particular company that I worked for they paid out
about 3 billion dollars per year, which meant that about
1 billion dollars of this was for musculoskeletal
Tom Albin assessing office worker at their workstation
THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT USING TECHNIQUES DEVELOPED BY
ERGONOMIC RESEARCHERS REDUCES THE RISK FACTORS
ASSOCIATED WITH WORKING AT COMPUTER WORKSTATIONS.
ERGONOMICS IS THE SCIENCE OF FITTING THE WORKSPACE TO
THE WORKER -- AND EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT SO WHAT WORKS
FOR ONE EMPLOYEE MIGHT NOT WORK FOR ANOTHER.
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RECENTLY, EXPERTS IN ERGONOMICS, MANUFACTURING,
INSURANCE AND GOVERNMENT GATHERED AT 3M TO DISCUSS
PREVENTION AND SOLUTIONS.
David J. Cochran, Ph.D., Special Assistant for
Ergonomics, Occupational Safety and Health
"OSHA is proceeding to issue an ergonomic standard
because musculoskeletal disorders are the largest single
preventable injury or illness in the American workplace
today. An ergonomics standard would increase the safety
and health of the American worker and would increase the
productivity of the American workplace."
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SOME COMPANIES HAVE ALREADY SEEN THE POSITIVE IMPACT AN
ERGONOMICS PROGRAM CAN HAVE ON THEIR EMPLOYEES' HEALTH,
PRODUCTIVITY AND SAFETY.
Thomas J. Albin, Manager, Ergonomic Services, Office
Supply Division, 3M
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"It's really critically important to educate people in
good office ergonomic techniques. We found in a study at
3M when we do that, that people that implement the
recommendations were able to reduce their symptoms by as
much as 90%. We also found that we couldn't find
products that exactly met our needs, so we ended up
developing our own products such as adjustable keyboard
trays, document holders and glare filters."
Employees at their workstation
WHEN YOU EVALUATE A WORKSTATION, 3M SUGGESTS THAT YOU
LOOK AT THE WHOLE PICTURE -- THE ROOM LIGHTING, THE WAY
THE EMPLOYEE SITS IN THE CHAIR AND THE MONITOR'S
POSITION. ERGONOMICS HAS BEEN PROVEN TO ENHANCE WORKER
HEALTH, SAFETY AND PRODUCTIVITY, WHILE IMPROVING A
BUSINESS'S BOTTOM LINE. I'M CHRISTIANE ARBESU REPORTING.
SUGGESTED ANCHOR TAG: 3M OFFICE ERGONOMICS BUSINESS
UNIT NOW MANUFACTURES A COMPLETE LINE OF ERGONOMIC
PRODUCTS SO THAT OTHER COMPANIES CAN CREATE COMFORTABLE
WORKSTATIONS FOR THEIR EMPLOYEES. FOR MORE INFORMATION,