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[360KS-0715] How to improve health in office work environment? by I-Chun Hsieh for TWNPro

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- Occupational illness and injury at a glance …

- Occupational illness and injury at a glance
- Common hazards in an office setting
- Disease and injury recognition
- Example with good ergonomic design
- Goals of healthy work practices

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  • 1. For 360 Knowledge Share Event, 2010/07/15 I-Chun Hsieh 謝怡君 KS
  • 2. Outline
    • Occupational illness and injury at a glance
    • Common hazards in an office setting
    • Disease and injury recognition
    • Example with good ergonomic design
    • Goals of healthy work practices
  • 3. Introduction
    • Stay healthy at work begins with understanding the potential risks of work
  • 4. Case of occupational illness
    • Small keyboard
    • Repetitive-strain injury that occurs due to the frequent use
    • Thumb tendonitis
  • 5. Office environment hazards
    • Physical hazards
    • Design-related & ergonomics hazards
    • Task-related hazards
    • Chemical hazards
    • Biological hazards
    • Psychological effects
  • 6. Is work making me sick? 1
    • Injuries
      • On the job injuries/Off the job injuries
    • Aches and pains
      • Back pain/sprains
      • Tendonitis
      • Neck-shoulder-arm syndrome
    • Respiratory illness
      • Allergic rhinitis
      • Asthma
  • 7. Is work making me sick? 2
    • Cardiovascular disease
      • Heart attack
      • Stroke
      • “ Karoshi”
    • Psychological illness
      • Stress at work
      • Depression and anxiety disorders
      • Sleep disturbances
      • Suicides
  • 8. Injury and illness prevention An example a good work-station design
  • 9. Ergonomics Main points to avoid
    • Static or awkward posture
    • Repetitive motion
    • Poor access or inadequate clearance and excessive reach
    • Display that are difficult to read and understand
    • Controls that are confusing to operate or require too much force
  • 10. Chairs
    • Chair has wheels or castors suitable for the floor surface
    • Chair swivels
    • Back rest is adjustable in height and slope
    • Adjustable chair height
    • Footrests can be used if feet do not rest flat on the floor
  • 11. Desks and work surfaces
    • Work surface at least 30 inches is depth
    • Desk height adjustable between 20 inches and 28 inches
    • Sufficient space underneath for your legs (min 15 inches for your knees and 24 inches for your feet)
    • The leading edge wide enough to accommodate the arms of your chair ( 24 inches to 27 inches)
  • 12. Monitors
    • Top of the screen is at or below eye level  
    • Monitor distance allows you to read the screen without leaning your head, neck or trunk forward/backward (20 inches at least)
    • Appropriate screen size
    • Adjustable angle and tilt
    • Glare prevention (background, screen & work surface)
  • 13. Keyboards
    • Maintain neutral wrist postures using keyboards with adjustable feet and adequate length cord
    • Separate wrist rests are usually better
    • Wrist rest should match the front edge of the keyboard in width, height, slope, and contour
  • 14. Goals of healthy work
    • Reduce pain and injury
    • Decrease complaints
    • Less sick leaves
    • Shorten return-to-work time
    • Improve morale
    • Increase productivity
  • 15. About the presenter
    • Name: I-Chun Hsieh
    • Email: [email_address]
    • Profile
      • Board-certified physician in Environmental and Occupational Medicine
      • Special interests
        • Corporate integrated health services
        • Occupational and environmental disease diagnosis and certification
        • Preventative medicine
      • Current affiliations
        • Attending physician, Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital
        • Consultant doctor, Tung-Ho Steel
        • Consultant doctor, DuPont Taiwan