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ergonomics - strain / sprain

Ergonomics examines an employee's work environment and finds the best ways to ensure maximum productivity and efficiency. If you neglect ergonomics, disorders such as carpel tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, stress, and tendonitis occur in employees. You may need to restructure your work environment such as controls, displays, safety devices, tools, and lighting to meet the ergonomic needs of employees. Here, you will find sample policies, forms, videos, and training to educate yourself and employees about the importance of workplace ergonomics.


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Guidelines
Fire and Emergency Medical Services Ergonomics
December 9, 2015   |  U. S. Fire Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency
This guide is intended to offer both small and large, career and volunteer departments, specific recommendations and examples for applying ergonomics.
Sample Policies
Sample Policy Statements
December 9, 2015
These sample policy statements include both general and video display terminal (VDT) statements.
Written Ergonomics Program for Organization
December 9, 2015
This sample policy outlines how it provides all employees with a safe and healthy workplace, and how the organization integrates a proactive ergonomics program into its safety and health program.
Sample Forms
Safe Lifting and Handling Techniques
January 5, 2016
This brochure is designed to provide the basics that are necessary to avoid back injuries while lifting and moving objects.
Office Ergonomic Assessor Work Sheet
January 5, 2016   |  Saif Corporation
Use this worksheet to document workstation measurements, adjustments, and recommendations made to the workstation being assessed.
Ergonomic Assessment Tool
January 7, 2016   |  Georgia Tech: Environmental Health and Safety
This sample ergonomic assessment evaluates a computer's effects on eyes, head/neck/shoulders, arms/elbows/wrists/hands, and back/legs/feet.
Request for Ergonomic Evaluation Form
January 7, 2016   |  Emory University
This is a sample form for an employee requesting an ergonomic evaluation.
Training
Lifting Safely Poster - Bend at the Waist
January 7, 2016
This poster reminds employees to bend at the waist while lifting to avoid back injury.
Lifting Safely Poster - Get a Grip
January 7, 2016
Humorous poster that reminds employees to grip objects securely while lifting.
Lifting Safely Poster - Having a Bad Day
January 7, 2016
Humorous poster that reminds employees to lift objects safely.
Lifting Safely Poster - The Power Zone
January 7, 2016
This poster teaches employees how to safely lift and what areas of the body to avoid when lifting.
Lifting Safely Poster - Reaching Too Far
January 7, 2016
This poster visually reminds employees that reaching too far may cause a fall or back injury.
Recommendations for Workstation Design
January 7, 2016
This diagram shows the ideal setup for a person's workstation.
Lifting Safely Poster - Should Have Listened
January 7, 2016
A humorous poster reminding employees to apply what they learned in lifting safety training.
Lifting Safely Poster - Sore Back
January 7, 2016
A poster reminding employees that safely lifting and carrying helps prevent a sore back.
Reducing Strain and Sprain Injuries
January 7, 2016   |  Georgia Department of Administration
This presentation covers strain and sprain data, risk factors, and suggested workplace procedures.
Lifting Safely Poster - Don't Twist and Lift
January 7, 2016
A poster reminding employees that twisting and lifting can cause injury.
Audit Checklist
Computer Workstation Evaluation
January 7, 2016   |  U.S. Department of Labor
This checklist covers various factors that affect workstation safety and comfort.
Computer Workstation Ergonomics Checklist
January 7, 2016   |  Duke University
This employee self-evaluation covers chair, keyboard/mouse, monitor, and other workstation ergonomics items.
Articles
How to Prevent Sprains and Strains in the Workplace
February 19, 2016   |  Ergonomics Plus
This detailed article covers:
•What are Sprains?
•What are Strains?
•The Causes of Sprains and Strains
•A Proactive, Prevention-focused Approach (Ergonomic and Individual Controls)
Repetitive Strain Injuries Tutorial
February 19, 2016   |  PainScience.com
Five surprising and important facts about repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, or iliotibial band syndrome.
Best Practices
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Ergonomics for Everyone
January 7, 2016   |  OSHA
This workshop booklet includes best practices about controlling ergonomics hazards, implementing new procedures, and making sure employees stay informed.
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Videos
Ergonomic Programs That Work
January 7, 2016   |  U.S. Department of Labor
This video from the U.S. Department of Labor promotes ergonomic programs and strategies to prevent employee injury.
Workplace Ergonomics
January 7, 2016   |  Montana State Fund
This video discusses the basics of ergonomics that apply to virtually any workplace.