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Sherlock Holmes, the Ergonomist

I don’t wear a deerstalker cap nor do I smoke a pipe. Even though I don’t look like Sherlock Holmes, I am inspired by the fictional detective when I perform ergonomic evaluations in the office setting. Let’s pretend that Sherlock Holmes is evaluating...

General, Office Ergonomics  •  May 19, 2015

Determining Your Power Grip Size

Hands come in different sizes and shapes. When choosing a tool for the job picking a tool that fits your hand makes the work more efficient. A handle too large or too small will cause early fatigue because of over or under gripping. How do you dec...

General, Construction, Office Ergonomics  •  December 29, 2014

Not All Mice Are Created Equal

As an ergonomist, one of the most common complaints centers on the computer mouse. This necessary evil of computer input is the bane of so many workers, across all industries, men and women, young and old.

General, Office Ergonomics  •  December 15, 2014

A Healthy Bottom Line Means Healthy Employees

In today's business world we are faced with escalating healthcare costs. Employees are asked to contribute more to the cost of their healthcare policy and employers are providing wellness programs and incentives to change behavior and ultimately impr...

General, Office Ergonomics  •  August 29, 2014

The Little Things Can Make the Difference

Back pain is something that most of us will experience sometime in our lives. Often the cause of back pain is misunderstood.

General, Office Ergonomics, Manual Material Handling  •  July 02, 2014

Laundry Risk Factors and Best Practices -Part III

Responsibilities of commercial laundry staff can include washing, drying, steaming, ironing, and chemically treating fabrics for use in hospitals, hotels, and other settings. Laundry can be heavy, treated with chemicals, and the work environment can ...

Hospitality, General, Office Ergonomics  •  May 09, 2014

Enter the Neutral Zone

If Rod Serling, the creator and narrator of the original television series, The Twilight Zone (circa 1959-1964), portrayed an ergonomist, he would likely begin his show with the following: “You unlock this door with the key of posture awareness. Ins...

General, Office Ergonomics  •  November 07, 2013

When Your Feet Hurt, You Hurt All Over

Non-traumatic, occupational foot problems are so common that they can occur in virtually any workplace and under any working conditions. Surveys suggest that two out of every three workers suffer from foot problems.

General, Office Ergonomics  •  October 10, 2013

Back to Routine Doesn't Mean Back to Pain

Back to school and back to work often means more time at a desk and in front of a computer screen. But those old desk jockey aches and pains don’t have to return with you from your summer vacation.

General, Office Ergonomics  •  September 10, 2013

Heads-Up! "Text Neck" on the Rise

With today’s mobile devices—smart phones, laptops, and tablet computers—physicians, physical therapists and chiropractors are seeing a dramatic increase in musculoskeletal disorders of the neck and upper back. The term “text neck” was coined in 2008...

General, Office Ergonomics  •  April 11, 2013

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