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Research Reports on Ergonomic Topics

We've culled useful information from a variety of sources.  Contact us if you have something to add to this page.

1. Northwest Missouri University published this informative article on laptop ergonomics and how unhealthy they are to work on - Oh My Aching Laptop!

2. Dr. Ron Z. Goetzel, Research Professor and Director of the Institute for Health and Productivity Studies at Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University discusses the value of health and safety programs in the workplace - Examing the Value of Integrating Occupational Health and Safety and Health Promotion Programs in the Workplace

3. Purdue University report evaluates the effectiveness of University-wide ergonomics program.

4. UPS Conducted a study which used a low tech, low cost approach to improving office ergonomics and experienced a significant reduction in lost work days and workers compensation costs.   Customer complaints against their customer service reps also dropped suggesting comfortable workers are less moody.

5. Atlas Ergonomics White Paper discussing an evaluation of a totally split, compact keyboard and its impact on posture, discomfort, and performance.

6. ChevronTexaco discusses Metrics for Profitability & Productivity: Mitigating Workplace Injuries and Ergonomic Risks at ChevronTexaco.

7. Office Ergonomics Learn about office ergonomics, workstation ergonomics, computer ergonomics, laptop ergonomics and ergonomic seating. Healthy computing tips about carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive strain injury & other muscle pains while using your computer for longer periods of time.

8. "Avoiding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A guide for computer keyboard users" is a study by Mark Sheehan. Carpal tunnel syndrome is common among computer keyboard users. It can strike anyone, and its consequences are serious.

9. Biomechanics and Ergonomics Research Team (BERT) is part of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and is a laboratory for research in various ergonomic topics.

10. "Computer Ergonomics" by Dr. Charles Daniels contains a lot of information on "living with computers." Good tips and suggestions.

11. Computer Related Repetitive Strain Injury was written by Keith L. Moore and deals with injuries to the hands and arms resulting from the use of computer keyboards and mice.

12. Cornell University Human Factors and Ergonomics focuses on research on ergonomic designs of computer products (hardware and software) and workplace issues for offices, hospitals, hotels and schools. Also covers safety issues, such as: carpal tunnel syndrome, back injuries, air quality, sick building syndrome, and lighting.

13. Environmental Health and Safety at University of Virginia focuses on all aspects of office ergonomics including: VDT ergonomics, cumulative trauma disorder, workstation ergonomics, safe work habits, and general office considerations. Lots of cute pictures.

14. Harvard RSI Action Home Page has student groups: Harvard RSI Action is a GSAS student group open to all Harvard students (graduate, undergraduate, professional schools). Harvard-Radcliffe RSI Action is an undergraduate organization also open to all Harvard students.

15. National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They have authoritative information on a wide variety of safety and health topics. A wide range of articles and links.

16. Department of Defense Ergonomic Working Group This site will provide you with practical, user-friendly information on program development; organizational culture and change; metrics; program implementation and management; best practices; self assessments; cost benefit and return on investments; marketing and communication; ergonomic assessment tools, products, and intranet programs; workstation design; and research initiatives.

17. Computer/Electronics Accomodations Program (CAP) On July 26, 2010, President Obama issued Executive Order 13548 Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities. Click on the link to find more information on this Executive Order Guidance.

18. http://iospress.metapress.com/content/x668002xv6211041/fulltext.pdf  Touch-screen tablet user configurations and case-supported tilt affect head and neck flexion angles.

19. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18986032   Call Center Ergonomics

 20. http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~archerj/Course%20Deliverables/HF%20312%20-%20Call%20Center%20Ergonomic%20Assessment.pdf  Call Center Ergonomic Assessment PDF

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