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1 OCFO All Hands Meeting – 50 Auditorium (3/9/06)
Ergonomics and Safety Refresher Have You Ergo’d Lately? Jeffrey Chung, PhD CFHP EH&S Division

2 OCFO SAAR Trends (7/1/00 – 3/9/06)
Year 7/1/ /30/2001 7/1/ /30/2002 7/1/ /30/2003 7/1/ /30/2004 7/1/2004 –6/30/2005 7/1/2005 - 3/9/2006 Total SAARs 12 8 ergo[75%] 4 3 ergo[75%] 8 4 ergo[50%] 7 2 ergo[29%] 4 ergo[67%] 3 ergo[38%] First Aid Cases 3 ergo[43%] 2 2 ergo[100%] 5 1 ergo[20%] 1 ergo[25%] 4 ergo[57%] 6 2 ergo[33%] Recordable Cases 5 ergo[100%] 1 ergo[50%] 3 3 ergo[100%] 1 ergo[33%] 0 ergo[0%] Hours Worked 129,398 133,724 139,408 182,691 294,449 (6 months) 161,619 TRC Rate 7.70 3.00 4.30 4.38 0.00 2.47 # Days Lost / Restricted 0 Lost 0 Restrict. 6 Restrict. 91 Lost 154 Restrict.

3 Ergonomic injuries are NOT fortuitous events!

4 Contributing Causes to Injuries
Hurrying – inattention to surroundings while rushing from one destination to another. Increased workload or tight deadlines. Footwear – wearing of proper footwear (e.g., wearing heels/platform shoes at work). New/upgraded institutional database systems that increase pointing device use. Maturing Workforce (wear and tear) Infrequent heavy lifting (H2O bottles, tote boxes, etc.) Repetitive nature of daily work activities.

5 Force – Frequency – Posture - Duration
Sources of Workplace Ergonomic Risks Repetitive Motions Postural Stressors Contact Stressors Static Exertions Forceful Exertions Independently or In Combination We’ve done our research and have found that these biomechanical stressors and forces independently or in combination are risk exposures that lead to musculoskeletal disorders. Force – Frequency – Posture - Duration

6 Ergonomic Risk Factors
Awkward Postures and Reaches Static postures Repetitive motion Forceful exertion Contact pressure There are six risk factors that have been documented as leading to computer workstation ergonomic-related injuries. They are: (read slide). Attempts should be made to alleviate or correct the risk factor.

7 Ergonomic Hazards - Before

8 Ergonomic Intervention - After

9 Warning Signs Watch for: Tingling or numbness in hands
Pain: sharp, dull or burning sensation Stiffness, reduced range of motion in arms, wrists Clumsiness, loss of grip strength or coordination Visual fatigue, watery eyes, dryness.

10 Cumulative Trauma Disorders
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Cubital Tunnel Syndrome Tendonitis and Tenosynovitis Trigger Finger Epicondylitis De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis Wrist Ganglion Cyst

11 Employee Expectations
Promptly report ergonomic concerns and/or discomfort to supervisor. Report to Health Services for medical assistance. Request ergo evaluation to identify at risk conditions. Properly utilize ergo accessories. Consistently perform safe ergonomic work practices. Paraphrase the responsibilities of the LLNL worker. Workers are defined as everyone at LLNL, including supplemental labor and contract employees. Ask if there are any questions, and provide answers/remedial discussion before proceeding to the next module.

12 Supervisor Responsibilities
Complete Job Hazards Questionnaire (JHQ) within 1 month of employee’s hire; update annually or when job changes. Review Training Profile. Ensure completion of required training within 6 months of employment or with new job assignment. Request ergo evaluation if employee works > 4 hours at computer. Know CUE requirements. Implement ergo evaluation recommendations. Direct employees with ergo-related discomfort to Health Services. Complete SAAR reports within 2 working days. Paraphrase the responsibilities of the supervisor. Note that these responsibilities apply to the work supervisor. However, the payroll supervisor also may be responsible for these activities. In some cases, the work supervisor may also be the payroll supervisor. Emphasize: It is the supervisor’s responsibility to assure the proper equipment is provided. If this means that equipment must come through the procurement department, then the supervisor should make sure it is done.

13 Triggers for an Ergo Evaluation
Discomfort or pregnancy New Employee New/different job assignment(s) requiring more computer time or repetitive motions Physical move/relocation Visit to Physician or WComp Claim opened Acquisition of new computer equipment or computer furniture

14 Online Ergo Evaluation Request Screen

15 Online Ergo Eval Request
Can be made by employee, ergo evaluator, supervisor or safety coordinator. Steps: Go from A-Z index to “Ergo Information for Employees”. Then click “Evaluation Request.” in left margin. Enter LDAP user name and password. Complete information. Submit.

16 “Ergo Evaluation Process!”


18 Stairways and Step Stools
When using a step stool: Make sure it is tall enough. Place on even surface. Climb facing the steps. Don’t over reach. Hold handrail Eyes on path Proper footwear Carry small packages Watch out for debris

19 Ergo Resources Ergo Display Center
Ergo Website, classes, CDs and videos LBNL Chair and Workstation Loaner Programs EH&S Ergo Accessories Loaner Program Consult with ergo evaluator, safety coordinator, EH&S division liaison and/or healthcare professional. New EHS 62 WorkSmart Download Stretchware: Go: “A-Z” “S” “Stretchware: Computer Work Break Software”

20 In Closing . . . Invest in basic ergo equipment: chair and keyboard tray, compatible input devices, etc. Request preventive ergo evaluations. Maintain safe ergonomic postures and movements (work and home). Report of fatigue/discomfort (do not ignore!) Seek assistance from Health Services. Implement timely ergo corrective actions. Complete SAAR investigations (2 days of receipt).

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