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XX.1 January + February 2013
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Ergonomics and U.S. public policy


Authors:
Alan Hedge

Ergonomics is a widely misunderstood discipline in the U.S. Businesses treat ergonomics paradoxically, advertising it as a benefit when marketing products, yet decrying it as costly and unnecessary when it comes to designing ergonomic workplaces. Poor ergonomics has become linked to workplace injuries that can arise from frequent repetitive movements, especially when made in awkward postures. These injuries, termed work-related upper limb musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)—also variously known as repetitive strain/stress injuries (RSIs) or cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) and occupational overuse injuries (OOIs) or repetitive motion injuries (RMIs)—are soft-tissue injuries such as tendinitis and tenosynovitis or nerve-compression injuries such as carpal…




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