For the last 25 years or more researchers have studied the workplace and the risks that may arise for those who work with computers/office jobs full-time. A new science, ergonomics, furthered everything we now know about the high risks of injury that develop from using our hands to type for long hours of the day. Thankfully, we have progressed enough that there are now various assistive devices that prove useful, comfortable, and user-friendly for the avid keyboardist. From ergonomic chairs, keyboards, mouse pads, to standing desks and tablet gloves; we’ve come a long way. However, there are still numerous RSI (repetitive stress injuries) reported for those who spend large amounts of time typing and using a computer device.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), repetitive strain injuries are the most common, as well as costly occupational health problem. It affects hundreds of thousands of American workers every year, and costs more than $20 billion a year in worker’s compensation. Musculoskeletal disorders seem to be the most reoccurring medical conditions in the U.S., affecting 7% of the population according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety Health. (Continue Reading HERE)
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