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Computer Ergonomics

  1. 1. COMPUTER ERGONOMICS <ul><li>US. NAVAL HOSPITAL ROTA SPAIN </li></ul><ul><li>INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE DEPT. </li></ul><ul><li>Revised March 2006 </li></ul>
  2. 2. COURSE OBJECTIVES <ul><li>Understand the definition of ergonomics </li></ul><ul><li>Understand Primary Causes of Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTDs). </li></ul><ul><li>Understand ways to prevent CTDs </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about PC workstation accessories to reduce computer work stress </li></ul><ul><li>Basic exercises to reduce / relieve ergo-stress. </li></ul>
  3. 3. DEFINITION <ul><li>ERGONOMICS is a way to work smarter--not harder by designing of tools, equipment, work stations and tasks to fit the job to the worker --NOT the worker to the job: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Layout / type of controls & displays </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lighting & Temperature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Process (Heights, reaches, weights) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. WHY WORRY ? <ul><li>Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs) declined from 784,100 to 582,300 annual lost workday cases from 1992 to 1997(OSHA) thanks to workplace ergonomic programs </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum $120 to 240 billion total costs / year & average $29 K / case compensation claim cost </li></ul><ul><li>More lost workdays for RSIs (ave. = 30 days for a Carpal Tunnel injury) </li></ul>
  5. 5. MSD INJURY DATA <ul><li>~600,000 MSDs require time off from work. </li></ul><ul><li>Older, out-of-shape workers much more vulnerable. </li></ul><ul><li>Women suffer more ergonomic injuries due: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to having jobs requiring more heavy lifting, repetitive tasks and awkward postures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>70% of Carpal Tunnel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>62% of Tendonitis </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. CAR COST IS (PARTIALLY)-- A PAIN IN THE BACK !! <ul><li>According to Dr. E.W. Simmons, president of the American Back Society, medical costs related to back injury can add up to $3000 to the price of every car made in Detroit !! </li></ul>
  7. 7. CTD INJURY FACTORS <ul><li>Lesions to tendons of the neck, back, shoulders, arms, wrists or hands </li></ul><ul><li>Primary causes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Repetitive movements over long periods of time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Awkward postures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of excessive forces </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. CTD RISK CONTROL: POSTURE <ul><li>NEUTRAL & COMFORTABLE : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wrists straight </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shoulders relaxed with elbows close to body </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>head / shoulders & back in vertical alignment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Frequent breaks when bent postures can’t be avoided </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. ERGONOMIC ALIGNMENT
  10. 10. CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME <ul><li>Occurs with repetitive motion of hands & wrists--especially with high force levels. </li></ul><ul><li>Incidence up to 15% in certain industries. </li></ul><ul><li>A “natural” keyboard and good wrist support can help most PC users avoid problems </li></ul><ul><li>GOOD NEWS : Have dropped over 30% since 1992--which most attribute to strong workplace ergonomics programs </li></ul>
  11. 11. CTD RISK CONTROL: REPETITION <ul><li>Use automatic tools for repetitive tasks (screw and bolt tightening) </li></ul><ul><li>Eliminate unnecessary tasks / movements by redesigning maintenance procedures and workstations </li></ul><ul><li>Take short, frequent breaks </li></ul><ul><li>Alternate tasks and processes to use different muscle groups </li></ul>
  12. 12. ERGONOMICS SUMMARY <ul><li>Good ergonomic design of tools, processes and furniture DOES improve personnel comfort, health, morale, productivity and readiness. </li></ul><ul><li>Individual effort as part of a workshop team is the greatest means of identifying / improving workplace ergonomic issues . </li></ul><ul><li>It’s critical to seek prompt medical aid for symptoms of ergonomic stress / CTDs </li></ul>
  13. 13. Computer Ergonomics <ul><li>Routine PC user defined as spending 20 hours or more per week working at a computer. </li></ul><ul><li>Studies of PC users have not shown a risk of eye damage... although fatigue very possible. </li></ul><ul><li>NIOSH studies have not indicated a radiation hazard nor pregnancy risk from PC usage. </li></ul><ul><li>Workers using bi/tri-focal glasses before beginning PC use may need special purpose glasses for computer work. </li></ul>
  14. 14. “ NATURAL” KEYBOARDS <ul><li>Three types : Fixed split, Adjustable split & “Sculptured” </li></ul><ul><li>Awkward wrist postures minimized with 15 to 25 horizontal degree key split AND 8 to 66 degree vertical incline. </li></ul><ul><li>Key Layout Design Changes Have : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>increased comfort (81% of users) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>improved postures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>reduced muscle activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>lowered carpal tunnel pressure in lab settings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unfortunately obtained oftentimes to alleviate an injury after-the-fact </li></ul>
  15. 15. WRIST RESTS <ul><li>No medical evidence that they reduce RSI injuries...As they work for some, but not for others </li></ul><ul><li>Usage Guidelines : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Buy rest that is even with top of keyboard </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Material should be “medium-soft” (foam--gel mix) so foam doesn’t break down. AVOID hard plastic types </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DON’T leave wrists on rest ...which compresses carpal tunnel. Palm rest instead. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Changing typing habits more critical than wrist support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MOST APPROPRIATELY USED TO REST HANDS DURING PAUSE IN TYPING </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LEARN TO TYPE CORRECTLY WITH “FLOATING WRISTS” FIRST!!! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Ergonomic chairs <ul><li>Adjustable back height </li></ul><ul><li>Adjustable arm rests </li></ul><ul><li>Required by OPNAV 5100 Safety Instruction </li></ul><ul><li>**Chair on left NOT ergonomically designed </li></ul>
  17. 17. Alternative Pointing Devices <ul><li>Track-balls </li></ul><ul><li>“ Scrolling” Mouse </li></ul>
  18. 18. Other Ergonomic PC Accessories <ul><li>Height-adjustable articulating keyboard tray </li></ul><ul><li>**Basic units start at $20, and occasionally stocked in the NEX Depot or Sight & Sound stores for $19.99 ! </li></ul>
  19. 19. UNSAT PC Work Station “Design”
  20. 20. UNSAT PC Work Station “Design”
  21. 21. MODEL COMPUTER WORKSTATION <ul><li>--Keyboard trays WITH wrist support. </li></ul><ul><li>--Split &quot;Natural&quot; keyboards to facilitate neutral wrist angle </li></ul><ul><li>--Fully adjustable ergonomic chair </li></ul><ul><li>--Document holder to minimize head / eye & neck movements </li></ul><ul><li>--Corner desk units to position monitor directly in front of employee </li></ul><ul><li>--Foot rest where requested. </li></ul><ul><li>--Re-organization of working materials within employee arm reach . </li></ul><ul><li>--Alternative pointing devices (e.g., scrolling mouse or trackball devices </li></ul>
  22. 22. Questions ??... Contact Data <ul><li>NAVHOSP Rota IH Dept. (x2783 / 2315) </li></ul><ul><li>Dave Hiipakka: email:dwhiipakka@rota.med.navy.mil </li></ul><ul><li>Kevin Dyrdahl (2315): [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>COMNAVACTS Ergonomics Team : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ergoteam@navsta.rota.navy.mil </li></ul></ul>

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