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Can a computer monitor really tell employees to sit up or take a break?

Employers are constantly on the lookout for new devices or more efficient methods that will improve productivity and increase profits. While this is certainly understandable, employers should also be on the lookout for new devices, processes or procedures that will cut back on work injuries, as this will not only improve productivity and increase profits, but also improve the overall health and safety of employees.

Interestingly, employers in office settings may want to take a closer look at a new product by electronics giant Philips, which can help cut down on the number of work-related injuries caused by improper ergonomics, including neck strain, back pain, eyestrain and even carpal tunnel syndrome.

The product is not a new computer or handheld device, but rather a new 24" LCD desktop monitor.

How exactly can this computer monitor prevent the aforementioned work injuries?

Embedded within the top of the display -- where the lens for the webcam is typically located -- is something called the "ErgoSensor."

The ErgoSensor helps ensure proper ergonomics by monitoring a computer user's body position and distance from the monitor, alerting them if their posture is not ergonomically correct. To illustrate, the ErgoSensor may tell a worker that they are perhaps sitting too close to the monitor or slouching in their chair.

Workers then have the option of either adjusting the display or repositioning themselves to the proper sitting position.

Interestingly enough, this is not all the ErgoSensor can do regarding the prevention of work injuries. It also has a built-in timer that reminds workers when to take a slight break in order to prevent eyestrain.

It remains to be seen whether this technology will catch on among employers or perhaps be seen as somewhat intrusive.

What are your thoughts?

Stay tuned for further developments in the area of workers' compensation defense law ...

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

Source:

The Atlantic, "The computer monitor that can tell if you're slouching," April 10, 2012

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