Safety 2019: SPHM Programs Reduce Healthcare Worker Injuries

By Taylor Lewellyn, JD Jun 12, 2019 Injuries and Illness, Personnel Safety On day 2 of Safety 2019, the annual conference of the American Society of Safety Professionals, taking place June 9–12 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Yeu-Li Yeung, the patient care ergonomics coordinator for Duke University Health System, and Neal Wiggermann, PhD, Read more about Safety 2019: SPHM Programs Reduce Healthcare Worker Injuries[…]

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Positioning Equipment Improves Ergonomics for Medical Device Assembler

Ergonomic upgrades are becoming a vital part of many workplaces, and assembly workstations can be especially challenging. According to data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, ergonomic issues cost U.S. companies upwards of $54 billion annually, and they account for one-third of workplace absences. Thermo Fisher Scientific, a leading manufacturer of laboratory technology, recently Read more about Positioning Equipment Improves Ergonomics for Medical Device Assembler[…]

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Ergonomics May Be the Key to Longevity for Ophthalmologists

AUGUST 13, 2019 Tejus Pradeep, BA Ophthalmology, known for its well-balanced blend of microsurgical procedures and medical treatments, is widely regarded as an elegant medical specialty. This is evidenced by a competitive residency application process and a track record of physicians who are extremely satisfied with their profession. According to a recent annual survey, ophthalmology Read more about Ergonomics May Be the Key to Longevity for Ophthalmologists[…]

Maximum weight children should carry in school backpacks

Date: July 2, 2019 Source: University of Granada Summary: Scientists have established that school children who use backpacks should avoid loads of more than 10% of their body weight — and those who use trolleys, 20% of their body weight. FULL STORY Researchers from the University of Granada (UGR) and UK-based Liverpool John Moores University have determined for Read more about Maximum weight children should carry in school backpacks[…]

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Joanette Lima Nativo speaks at Southern CA PASMA meeting in July

PASMA (Public Agency Safety Management Association) meetings focus on issues that affect the environmental, health, and safety professions in the public sector. Asked to talk about this specific issue that continues to evolve, Ms. Lima Nativo shared her knowledge based on field experience and recent research on the topic. Her presentation, “Research and Reality – Read more about Joanette Lima Nativo speaks at Southern CA PASMA meeting in July[…]

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How intelligent workstations will use AI to improve health and happiness

Do you want to be warm or cold? Is it time to stand rather than sit? An interdisciplinary team — made up of designers and USC professors — is using AI to create tech-savvy desks with health and well-being in mind BY Jamie Wetherbe APRIL 25, 2019 Statistics show that if you’re reading this at work, Read more about How intelligent workstations will use AI to improve health and happiness[…]

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Ways to Improve Your Office Safety

Ways to Improve Your Office Safety By Raul Chacon May 14, 2019 Injuries and Illness, Personnel Safety Although office and administrative work is largely considered low risk, that shouldn’t make office safety any less of a priority. Office workers can still be exposed to preventable hazards that could cause an injury or illness. Workplace injuries and illnesses can Read more about Ways to Improve Your Office Safety[…]

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Study explores link between farm machinery vibration and workers’ back pain

March 21, 2019 Iowa City, IA — A NIOSH-funded study of farm machinery found that the machine operators experienced whole-body vibration at levels that reached the European Union’s “action level” for exposure limit within two hours of operation on nearly 30 percent of the equipment tested. Examining vibrations levels on 112 pieces of machinery – Read more about Study explores link between farm machinery vibration and workers’ back pain[…]

UTEP Study to Target Work-Related Injuries

Gabriel Ibarra-Mejia, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of public health sciences at UTEP, has received a grant to identify strategies to prevent upper extremity disorders in the workplace, such as tennis elbow, which occur when tendons degenerate or wear out from long-term overuse. Funded by The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Ibarra-Mejia will Read more about UTEP Study to Target Work-Related Injuries[…]

Solutions to Control Hazards

Solutions to Control Hazards Many industries have successfully implemented ergonomic solutions in their facilities as a way to address their workers’ MSD injury risks. These interventions have included modifying existing equipment, making changes in work practices and purchasing new tools or other devices to assist in the production process. Making these changes has reduced physical Read more about Solutions to Control Hazards[…]