In the News … President Bush Cites Federal Workplace Injuries Associated Press - Fri, Jan. 09, 2004 WASHINGTON - Workplace injuries by federal employees cost: More than $2 billion in workers' compensation losses 168,000 injury claims 2 million lost production days a year "Clearly, government agencies should strive to do more to improve workplace safety and health and reduce the costs of injury to workers and taxpayers," Bush said in a memo to federal executives. “Many workplace injuries are preventable."
Risk Factors 1. Repetitive motion 2. Confined or awkward workspace 3. Lifting and carrying heavy objects 4. Routinely working with power tools !
Prevention Seek early diagnosis and treatment for symptoms Stretch everyday (sigh … ) Optimize your work environment Layout Equipment
Temporary Relief Ibuprofen for pain and swelling Alternating ice/heat on affected area Consult physician promptly if symptoms persist
Workstation Workout Vision Focus exercise Eye rolling Cup palms over closed eyes Hands and Wrists Finger stretch & fist Fingertip exercises Thumb pull * Frequent mini-exercise breaks are recommended
Workstation Workout (continued) Neck and Back Head bends (side to side, forward and back) Head turn Arms crossed at shoulders & shrug Arch with linked hands behind back Full extension (arms & legs as far out as you can)
WorkStation Setup Neutral Posture Frequent Breaks Zones User Equipment
User Setup Chair Seat height & tilt Knees bent at 90 0 Feet flat Arms flat on desk Lower back against chair back Monitor 28-24” away from you Tilt to reduce glare Keyboard & Mouse Placed so that shoulders are relaxed Upper arms at sides Hands level with wrists Office Supplies & Phone Place these items out of armspread reach