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Combating repetitive stress injuries - II

Employers here in California, and across the nation know full well the toll that repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) can have on a bottom line. They also know that RSIs not only affect productivity, but can also result in widespread absenteeism and increased workers' compensation defense costs.

Consequently, it's important for employers in any and all industries to take the necessary step to prevent RSIs among their workforce.

Today's post will continue the previous discussion, focusing specifically on some potential warning signs of RSIs in the office setting and some simple solutions offered by health experts.

What can you do for employees who are on the phone for extended periods of time and who frequently hunch their shoulders while talking?

Health experts recommend that employers consider purchasing headsets for these employees or allowing them to use the speakerphone option. Either of these steps can eliminate excess strain on the shoulders and neck.

What can you do for employees whose positions require them to place their palms and/or wrists on a hard surface for extended periods of time?

Health experts recommend that employers consider installing wrist guards or other protective padding that can keep pressure off the wrists.

What can you do for employees who must perform large amounts of data entry over the course of the entire workday?

Health experts recommend that employers consider installing the aforementioned wrist guards or other protective padding along with any other necessary equipment, including a proper chair, monitor, footrest, etc. In addition, they also recommend that employers grant these employees frequent breaks/rest periods, and that any overtime be limited (if possible).

What can you do for employees who are required to perform tasks that cause their torso to twist at excessive angles?

Health experts recommend that employers consider a few simple steps, such as purchasing a rotating stool or swivel chair for the employee, providing them with more legroom to work and simply reorganizing their desk/work station to minimize the twisting (if possible).

What can you do for employees who squint or must lean far forward in their chairs to see their monitors?

Health experts recommend that employers either have an ergonomics professional verify the placement of the screen, or recommending that the employee consider an eye exam or enlarging the computer screen imagery.

Stay tuned for further developments from our workers' compensation defense blog ...

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal or medical advice.

Source:

Business Management Daily, "Repetitive Stress Injuries: FAQs" Jan. 3, 2012

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