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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[…]

Ergonomics major concern for firefighters, EMTs, NIOSH says

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and firefighters experience musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) at five times the rate of most workers, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) said in a summary of research priorities for the public safety sector. EMTs and paramedics have rate of 184 work-related MSDs per 10,000 full-time workers. The overall rate Read more about Ergonomics major concern for firefighters, EMTs, NIOSH says[…]

Ergonomically designed tools that replace manual tools and increase production times!

This clip shows ergonomically designed, air powered, cutting and crimping tools that replace manual tools that cause strain and injury such as carpal tunnel and tendinitis due to repetition. They drastically increase production times and improve consistency.  

New DOL BLS data is out!

The US Department of Labor (DOL), Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released data from 2017 on November 8, 2018.  It is always interesting to me that the data regarding musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) doesn’t really change that much from year to year.  Once again in this data set, median days away from work (a key measure Read more about New DOL BLS data is out![…]

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[…]