following are articles that are related to ergonomics and workplace
health. PhsWest is committed reducing workplace injuries and improving
Most Common Job Injuries
While every job industry sees work-related injuries, the type and
frequency of injuries vary greatly.
Hospitals Create Safer Jobs for Nursing Staff
One of the fields that is most closely monitored and educated in
regards to safety is nursing. This group consistently comes in at the
top of the charts when reporting for work-related illness and injury.
Manual Material Handling Safe
Ergonomics has been around long enough that despite the variety of
ergonomic solutions, the steps to analyzing a work space and
implementing solutions are fairly consistent in all industries. The
first steps include identifying both causes and potential causes of
harm and changing elements affecting posture and time spent doing the
Your Job Hurts – a Brief Look at Common Work-Related Injuries
Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are the most commonly reported
work-related injuries and illnesses. Ergonomics is making a positive
impact on reducing these incidents; however, MSDs still occur
frequently in nearly every job field.
the Effects of MMH on the Low Back
In an effort to minimize the astounding number of back injuries each
year resulting from lifting in manual material handling (MMH), many
lifting duties have been replaced with pushing or pulling.
Endoscopy 101: The Very Basics of
What, Why, and How
One incredibly common procedure that would have seemed impossible
decades ago is the endoscopy. Imagine the guesswork involved in
diagnosing digestive system disorders before a camera was able to allow
doctors to look at the problem.
Working Conditions and Heat Stress:
Risk Factors Both Indoors and Out
The public best knows cases of heat stress when they are fatal. These
devastating stories are publicized and remind us to watch our exertion
in the hot sun and monitor our fluid intake.
Work Injuries: Your Health is in
Many people are taught to power through pain and discomfort to do what
it takes to get a job done.
The Nursing Field – How the
Demands of Their Job Affect Them and You
When thinking of the most common and severe work-related injuries, one
might guess they happen in construction fields or industries with heavy
machinery. However, the most consistently high-ranking job for injuries
and missed work due to injury is nursing.
the Health of Healthcare Workers Affects You in the Clinic and the
Nursing aids, orderlies and attendants - the very people helping others
in pain - have sustained work-related MSDs as much as over seven times
that of the national average for all other occupations. Simple tasks
such as making beds demand constant bending and stretching, both of
which contribute to chronic pain.
Job and Low Back Pain: The Occupational Factors Affecting Your Health
A common misconception about work-related injury is that it only
happens in jobs that require heavy manual labor, like construction and
freight handling. In truth nearly every occupation poses some injury
Injury in Manual Material Handling: Uncommon Common Sense
Many businesses have adapted programs to reduce stress related injuries
by training their workforce and investing in ergonomic aids and
technology. The most important aspect of an injury prevention program
must have the worker taking ownership and holding himself accountable
for whether his body is prone to injury.
Back Basics: Your Job and Your
Talk to anyone who has suffered severe low back pain, and they’ll tell
you it’s downright disabling. Unlike the limitations of other body
pain, like pain that limits neck movement, low back pain can leave its
victims completely immobile...