The Workplace and Repetitive Strain Injuries

The workplace and repetitive strain injuries employers should do what they
can to help reduce incidences of repetitive strain injury in the
workplace cases of repetitive stress injury and repetitive stress disorder
are on the increase due to the sheer number of computers that are now used in
the workplace repetitive stress disorders are sd’s also known as
cumulative trauma disorders are responsible for approximately 60% of
work-related injuries 12.5 percent of working Americans have been diagnosed
with RSD at some point in their lives which means if you employed 100 people
12.5 percent of your employees will have been diagnosed with this condition this
is why it would be wise for you to make sure that you do what you can to prevent
RSD from occurring employees who have sustained an injury caused by RS DS can
potentially make a claim under their workers compensation insurance this is
another reason why you should do what you can to eliminate incidences of RSD
workers who are most vulnerable to RS DS the workers who are most vulnerable to
developing are SDS our grocery checkers these days grocery checkers use barcode
scanners to identify the products that customers wish to purchase every our
grocery checkers use a handheld barcode scanner or they slide the products
across the scanner and it’s these repetitive motions that can potentially
lead to hand wrist elbow back and neck problems office workers because office
workers tend to use computers a lot they can be vulnerable to our SDS
officer workers hands wrists and elbows may be affected by the repetitive
movements associated with using a computer if a worker is not set at their
desk correctly maintaining a good posture or typing with their wrists
raised a little they can suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome and RSD jobs that
require employees to stay in a specific position for hours at a time
also known as static posturing finding in one physician for hours at a time can
cause RS D’s regardless of whether the employee is standing or sitting desk
clerks operators mechanics and anyone else who needs to stand or sit while
twisting and making a range of movements for hours at a time can be vulnerable to
RS DS other jobs that can lead to RS D’s
include working on an assembly line painting and polishing sanding
jackhammering pipe setting meat packing driving writing butchering overhead work
cutting and sawing massaging people mechanics filling shelves packing bags
playing an instrument carpal tunnel syndrome carpal tunnel syndrome is a
type of RSD and involves swelling in the tunnel that is made by ligaments in the
bone in the wrist when the tunnel swells it often puts a lot of pressure on the
nerves that pass through it and this can lead to numbness pain and tingling some
other very common types of RS Dee’s include tenosynovitis which occurs when
the boundary that can be found between the sheath and tendon becomes irritated
Myo facial damage which occurs when muscles have been overworked resulting
in them becoming swollen and tender tendonitis which occurs when there is a
tear in the tissue that connects the muscles to the bones cervical
radiculopathy which occurs when the discs in the neck have become compressed
how to prevent arrestees one of the best things that employers can do to help
prevent rs DS is to think about ergonomics
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the physical environment physical environments include desks garages and
any areas that people work in employers should do what they can to minimize the
injuries that their employees suffer from for example if you have a team of
people who work in your office all day you should make sure their computer
screens are at the right height and the chairs your team sit and allow them to
maintain a healthy posture while working at a computer you may also need to think
about how the layout of the office affects your team and consider changing
it if there are problems make employees aware of any potential concerns one of
the best ways that you can help to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome for
example in office workers is to help them keep their wrists straight while
they are using a computer in addition to this they should also sit up straight
while keeping their shoulders back in their elbows down you may want to think
about purchasing gel wrist supports that sit in front of a keyboard helping to
keep an employee’s wrist straight while they use a computer
symptoms of an approaching RSD while there are no clear indications that
someone is about to develop an RSD the damage has usually been done before they
realize all is not quite right because of this every employer should be made
aware that they could experience aching or dull pains in their limbs that they
notice when they are not at work dull pains and aches could be felt when
they are raising their arms or twisting the lid of a jar to open it those who
work in a store or at a computer may experience these issues experience
numbness or tingling in their arm hands or specific fingers these symptoms could
be a sign of nerve damage and they are serious experience fatigue can be unable
to carry out the same jobs as they have done in the past experienced clumsiness
or weakness and find that they drop things have trouble picking them up and
experience loss of strength working to combat orestes
because the number of our SD cases appear to be increasing some states are
thinking about using specific regulations for workplaces that use
computer workstation for example in New Mexico state employees who regularly use
a computer have to reduce glare and eye strain by making sure the lighting in
the room is correctly maintained control any glare by using non reflecting
furnishing and indirect lighting allow each and every member of the team to
take a frequent breaks from work ensure every employee has a chair that is easy
to adjust and flexible ensure workstations are a good distance from
cooling and heating vents control noise levels by using acoustic pads if more
employers were to use New Mexico’s workplace regulations it is highly
likely that incidences of our SDS would fall resulting in healthier workers and
fewer workers compensation claims

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