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Good Working Postures

 

 

 

COMPUTER ERGONOMIC SAFETY

Musculoskeletal disorders are injuries or illnesses that affect muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints or spinal discs. They occur when there is a poor fit between a job or task and the person doing the job. The kinds of jobs that are most likely to cause a musculoskeletal disorder are those involving reaching, bending, heavy lifting, using continuous force, vibrating equipment and repetitive motions.

Creating a good ergonomic working arrangement is important in decreasing your risk of musculoskeletal disorders. (i.e., Carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, tendinitis, rotator cuff syndrome, sciatica, Raynaud's Syndrome, DeQuervain's Syndrome and Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome)

COMPUTER WORKSTATION ERGONOMICS

The following tips may help to improve your computer working arrangement, especially when using the computer for hours during the day:

Remember, to take short, frequent breaks. Intersperse filing or other non-repetitive tasks or activities with computer work. Exercise breaks (stretching and gentle exercises) and eye breaks (every 15 minutes, look away from the screen for a minute or two, to a distant scene) should be done to relieve muscle fatigue. Also, blink your eyes rapidly for a few seconds.

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia • 600 South Forty-third Street • Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495 • phone: 215-596-8800 • email: safety@usp.edu