Occupational Therapy / Ergonomics References.


SafetyLine, an on-line information service provided by WorkSafe Western Australia, offers a lot of information on safety issues both at work and in the home.

In the article, Ten Ways to Reduce The Potential For Developing Repetitive Motion Injuries, Stephen A.Marshall of Ergonomic Sciences Corporation, lists a number of ways you can acheive maximum ergonomic benefit from minimum effort and expense.

The Argus Clearinghouse is a compilation of resources available on the internet. This is a link to rated directories and collections. Clearinghouse: Health & Medicine; Diseases and Disorders; RSI (Repetitive Stress Injury).

CTDNews is a leading source for information on workplace repetitive motion and stress injuries and illnesses. Issues covered include carpal tunnel syndrome to low-back pain.

Resources on HCI by Gary Perlman is a serious, in-depth site devoted to computer interface design and research.

Searching for an input device? This still serves well as a basic guide. Touch & Go; A Guide to PC Input Devices and Ergonomics by Bruce Brown

"Making health and safety a top priority", the topic of an independent article, Toni Will-Harris has written Computer Health & Safety. She provides the straightforward truth about the effects of "mouse arm" and other cummulative trauma disorders and solutions available to potential sufferer of RSI.

This site has become a magnet for ergonomic informatiom. It's a good starting point for information about RSIs. Amara's RSI Page. An essay in depth on the causes, misery and cures for RSI [repetitive stress injury].

Computer Related Repetitive Strain Injury The research and personal experiences of Paul Marxhausen is both informative and inspirational.

comp.human-factors/HCI. This is a list of the most frequently asked questions and answers culled from the newsgroup comp.human-factors.

Dangerous Work - Repetitive Strain Injury at MIT.

Typing Injuries FAQ. by Dan Wallach and Scott Wright. In Dan's words, "The TIFAQ is targeted at computer users suffering at the hands of their equipment. You'll find pointers to resources all across the net, general information on injuries, and detailed information on numerous adaptive products."

ErgoWeb Inc. was established January 1, 1995 to market, distribute, maintain, and improve the software products resulting from research in the Ergonomics and Design group in the University of Utah's Department of Mechanical Engineering. Their website contains considerable ergonomics information, products, case studies, instructional materials, standards and guidelines, communication opportunities, ergonomics related news, and more.

The UCSF/UCB Ergonomics Program endeavors to improve understanding of the mechanisms leading to upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders, such as tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome, and identify and evaluate equipment designs and work practices that reduce excessive stresses on tissues in order to prevent these disorders from developing.

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) offers Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) and Workplace Factors, a critical review of epidemiologic evidence for work-related musculoskeletal disorders of the neck, upper extremity, and low back.

Mikael Ericsson of ASLAB, a research laboratory at the Department of Computer and Information Science at Linköping University in Sweden, offers Human-Computer Interaction Resources on the Net, a nicely organized and extensive directory of web sites, newsgroups and publications.

Make It Your Own Schlumberger Environmental Services, Inc. Guidelines for employees to use regarding ergonomics at a computer workstation and how an employee can adapt a current workstation to meet his/her physical abilities.

Computers and Health Individual and Institutional Protective Measures by Daniel A. Updegrove and Kimberly H. Updegrove is a 1991, but still extremely valid examination of workplace ergonomics.

Advanced Ergonomics: Provides a variety of ergonomic services to corporations and individuals. Services range from physical ability testing to consulting, training, and product reviews. There are extensive reports available from their Ergonomics Resource Center including The Ergonomic Products Report and 365 Ergonomic Tips and Tidbits for Office Workers.

Applied Human Biomechanics: Consultating services for CTD/injury prevention in industry. The site has a section of FAQs which can be downloaded as well as a "Symptoms Survey".

Ergonomic Sciences Corporation: Up-to-date information about the science of workspace design and function.

ErgoWorks: British Columbia centre for wellness solutions, services and equipment. Provides products and a workplace wellness newsletter.

IMPACC USA: Provides publications, videos, seminars, and clinical products devoted to the care of the back, neck and upper extremities.

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