RSI Handbook: Resources
There are thousands of ergonomics-related websites. NEA cannot vouch for the accuracy or completeness of the sites on this list, but they all have merit, and some are excellent. Those that are essentially ads for consulting services or products are included here if they also include basic information about repetitive stress injuries and/or ergonomic solutions.
Ergoweb is an online forum on ergonomics. The site includes Introduction to Ergonomics, Frequently Asked Questions, Ergonomics Glossary, Ergonomics Concepts, Case Studies, and Reference Materials. Case studies describe real life examples in which ergonomics hazards have been addressed. Each case study consists of a task description, ergonomic risk factors, administrative or design solutions, comments, and vendor information. Case studies currently on the site cover school custodians and nutrition services, among other occupations
Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
This agency has developed "Ergonomic Best Practices," a series of industry-specific publications that could help prevent cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) in your workplace." Ergonomics Best Practices for Public Employers" is full of useful information about best practices for, among other worksites, VDT workstations, school buses, and custodial and maintenance work.
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Among their products and services are the following:
> Cold Weather Workers Safety Guide
> Food Service Workers Safety Guide
> Groundskeepers Safety Guide
> Health and Safety Guide for Libraries
> Office Ergonomics Safety Guide
> Warehouse Workers Safety Guide
Workers Compensation Board of British Columbia
Publications include "Preventing Injuries to Dishwashers" and "Back Talk: An Owner’s Manual for Backs."
Labor Occupational Health Program, University of California at Berkeley
LOHP is a community outreach program at the University of California, Berkeley whose work addresses today’s health and safety needs in nearly every industry, from healthcare to agriculture to construction. Among the current projects:
> Human factors
> Immigrant workers
> Union health and safety skills
> Workers’ compensation
> Workplace violence
The UCLA Labor Occupational Safety and Health (UCLA-LOSH) Program
UCLA-LOSH works with workers, unions, community-based organizations, academics and health professionals to improve environmental health and safety conditions for workers, with a special emphasis on those in Southern California.
University of Victoria, British Columbia
The University of Victoria has various ergonomic programs and services focusing on the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal injuries.
Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH)
MassCOSH brings together workers, unions, community groups, and health, safety and environmental activists to organize and advocate for safe, secure jobs and healthy communities throughout eastern and central Massachusetts. Throughtraining, technical assistance and building community/labor alliances, MassCOSH mobilizes its members and develops leaders in the movement to end unsafe work conditions. Sponsors RSI Action (http://www.rsiaction.org/) an all-volunteer organization, that advocates for the health, safety and rights of office workers, focusing on computer-related Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs).
Computer-Related Repetitive Strain Injury, by Paul Marxhausen
A very brief introduction to computer-related RSI with an extensive list of book references and links to helpful Internet resources, including where to get information about workers’ compensation and legal help.
The CTD Resource Network, Inc.
The CTD Resource Network, Inc. (CTDRN) is a nonprofit organization that provides educational material related to the prevention and treatment of cumulative trauma disorders (also known as repetitive stress injuries).
The Typing Injury FAQ
The Typing Injury FAQ (frequently asked questions) is an educational site, provided by the CTD Resource Network, Inc., containing a wide variety of information about repetitive strain injuries (RSIs), resources for dealing with these ailments, and a broad description of assistive products to reduce injury risk and symptoms.
CTDNews—Workplace Solutions for Repetitive Stress Injuries is aimed at employers. Includes ergonomics tips and solutions to improve workplace safety, prevent employee injuries, and keep workers’ compensation costs down.
Humanics Ergosystems is a consulting firm with original reports and articles and a wealth of ergonomics resources including workplace ergonomics, ergonomics for children and people with disabilities as well as design of the built environment. Also extensive links to medical research and resources.
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Access to state ergonomics plans and many publications about ergonomic issues, especially RSI issues involving computers.
NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
Among the many resources offered are:
> NIOSH Musculoskeletal Documents on CD-ROM: Preventing Work-Related Disorders
> NIOSH FACTS: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders
> Cumulative Trauma Disorders in the Workplace Bibliography
> NIOSH: Elements of Ergonomics Programs. Provides basic information that will be useful for employers, workers, and others in designing effective programs to prevent work-related musculoskeletal disorders.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The ADA prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. Among the publications on the website are ADA Questions and Answers, and lists of information and technical assistance sources.