SIMPLE WAYS TO MAKE THE WORKSPACE SAFER AND MORE PRODUCTIVE LEADING ERGONOMICS EXPERTS GATHER TO DISCUSS SOLUTIONS TO REDUCE WORKER STRESS, INJURY AND ABSENTEEISM AND TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY
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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Montage of people working at their computer workstations MOST OFFICE WORKERS SPEND HOURS A DAY AT THEIR COMPUTERS. AND MANY EXPERIENCE PAINS IN THEIR WRISTS, NECKS AND BACKS BECAUSE OF IT.
C/U finger typing on keyboard 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 disorders."
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.
Shots of symposium room 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 Administration/OSHA "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."
Exterior different office buildings 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, VISIT www.3M.com/ergonomics.