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OSHA/Department of Labor (DOL)

Go to the OSHA Ergonomic Site. An excellent reference and linking point to many ergonomic sites.

Elements of Ergonomics Programs

A Primer Based on Workplace Evaluations of Musculoskeletal Disorders

One of the very best.

CA Standard

Review the New Ergonomic Law in California: What should you be doing if you live in California?

How long before your state enacts similar General Industry Safety Orders?

California RMI Standard. Title 8, Section 5110, Ergonomics. Approved 6/3/97, effective July 3, 1997.

Ergoweb - Glossary of Ergonomics Terms

Ergoweb - Guidelines, fitting job


Go to the GAO Website,
do a search for " injury ergonomic "

An abundance of the reports placed before Congress & Federal Agencies.

WORKER PROTECTION: Private Sector Ergonomics Programs Yield Positive Results
GAO/HEHS-97-163 pdf - 2.3 Mb.

WORKPLACE SAFETY AND HEALTH: OSHA?s Voluntary Compliance Strategies Show
GAO-04-378   pdf - 1.0 Mb.

Abstracts of GAO Reports and Testimony, FY97

Private sector employers spend about $60 billion each year on workers' compensation claims associated with musculosketal disorders, which involve illnesses and injuries linked to repetitive stress or sustained exertion on the body. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has tried to develop a workplace standard that would require employers to reduce ergonomic hazards in the workplace. A draft standard that OSHA circulated for comment in 1995 generated stiff opposition from many employers because they believed that it required an unreasonable level of effort to address ergonomic issues.

Since then, Congress has limited OSHA's ability to issue a proposed or final ergonomic standard. GAO found that employers can reduce the costs and injuries associated with ergonomic hazards, thereby improving employees' health and morale as well as productivity and product quality, through simple, flexible approaches that are neither costly nor complicated.

Effective ergonomics programs share certain core elements: management commitment, employee involvement, identification of problem jobs, development of solutions, training and education of employees, and appropriate medical management. OSHA may wish to consider a framework for a worksite ergonomics program that gives employers the flexibility to introduce site-specific efforts and the discretion to determine the appropriate level of effort to make, as long as the effort effectively addresses the hazards.

Programs: Ergonomics

RSI Information, the following topics are listed

  • How to Start an RSI Support Group
  • Incidence of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy in Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • A Brief Guide to Keyboard and Industrial Overuse Syndromes
  • Repetitive Strain Injury and Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • 20 Clinical Truths About RSI
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from Nidus Information Services
  • STUDY: Computer Related Symptoms: A Major Problem For College Students
  • The Role of the Neck in RSIs
  • Double Crush & CTS
  • RSI and Mouse Bite are a Pain in the Neck!
  • The Value of Early Detection and Treatment of CTDs
  • Wired News -- RSI: It's Not Just for Geeks

CANYON ERGONOMICS,  Redondo Beach, California, is a provider of workplace evaluation and design services, and worker education.

" Our objective is to help employers reduce workplace injury and illness exposure that can result from improper matches between worker characteristics and the design, arrangement and use of the things comprising their workplaces. Our sphere of expertise includes office, assembly, manufacturing, and material handling operations."

The Los Angeles Repetitive Stress Injury Support Group has many good links for review.

ALL aspects of RSI (RMI) injuries are presented, plus a myriad of useful links.

Well worth a visit, especially if you are a sufferer.


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