Computer Ergonomics - Avoiding MSD and RSI
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Note — Despite the fact that successful lobbying caused OSHA to rescind the computer workplace safety rules before they ever went into effect, the risks of improper computer use remain.
Every individual who uses a computer intensively, whether for work or play, should be aware of the risks of injury associated with intensive computer use, and what steps to take to prevent injury.
In 2001, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the United States had scheduled a new safety regulation for computer workers to go into effect in the Fall of that year. This regulation addressed the risks of physical injuries associated with computer usage (see "What Is MSD/RSI?"). The regulation required employers to provide employees with information and training on how to avoid such injuries - specifically, OSHA directed employers to provide all employees with a printed booklet and classroom instruction on risks, symptoms, and prevention.
A client company gave Matthew Harris the task of preparing a printed booklet and training curricula in compliance with the new OSHA regulation. This article is a revised version of the safety booklet prepared in accordance with the OSHA requirements.
Although this article has been researched from medical sources regarding MSD and RSI, the author is not a medical professional. The information in this article is accurate according to the author's research and personal experience. If you have any of the symptoms of MSD/RSI you should consult a doctor.