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In recent years potential ergonomic problems have become a major concern in many types of businesses. Many facilities are now devoting significant time and effort to controlling the twisting, turning, stretching and other motions that place stress and strain on employees' bodies. Our training products on Industrial, Laboratory and Office Ergonomics focus on potential ergonomic problems in manufacturing, assembly, warehouse and office environments to laboratory work areas, tools and instruments. This training material will cover recognizing ergonomic problems, potential adverse effects, and pragmatic solutions employees can use to address to these problems.

CARPEL TUNNEL AND ERGNOMICS - Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition caused by excessive pressure on the median nerve, the central nerve in the wrist. This condition can lead to numbness, muscle weakness, and constant pain. Carpal tunnel syndrome can have many causes, such as genetics or work related actions (i.e. repetitive motions). While some causes are not preventable, there are many steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing this condition.

  • Maintain a neutral wrist position as often as you can. Carpal tunnel syndrome is most commonly caused by repetitive flexing of the wrist. You can think of this as the position your wrist takes when you say "stop" with your hand.
  • Take breaks. If you're doing a repetitive activity, whether you're typing or chopping vegetables, take a short break every 10-15 minutes to give your wrists a break.
  • Relax your grip and reduce your force. Most people use more force than necessary when performing daily tasks. Whether you're holding on to a mouse, using a pen, or working a cash register, you should try not to squeeze anything too much or to use too much force.

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