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STOP THE PAIN

So what exactly are musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) also known as cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) also known as repetitive motion disorders (RMDs), also known as overuse syndromes, or repetitive strain injuries?

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According to PEOSH (1997), “These painful and sometimes crippling disorders develop gradually over periods of weeks, months, or years.

“They include the following disorders which may be seen in office workers:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – a compression of the median nerve in the wrist that may be caused by swelling and irritation of tendons and tendon sheaths.

Tendinitis – An inflammation (swelling) or irritation of a tendon. It develops when the tendon is repeatedly tensed from overuse or unaccustomed use of the hand, wrist, arm, or shoulder.

Tenosynovitis – An inflammation (swelling) or irritation of a tendon sheath associated with extreme flexion and extension of the wrist.

Low Back Disorders – These include pulled or strained muscles, ligaments, tendons, or ruptured disks. They may be caused by cumulative effects of faulty body mechanics, poor posture, and/or improper lifting techniques.

Synovitis – An inflammation (swelling) or irritation of a synovial lining (joint lining).

“DeQuervain’s Disease – A type of synovitis that involves the base of the thumb.

Bursitis – An inflammation (swelling) or irritation of the connective tissue surrounding a joint, usually of the shoulder.

Epicondylitis – Elbow pain associated with extreme rotation of the forearm and bending of the wrist. The condition is also called tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome – a compression of nerves and blood vessels between the first rib, clavicle (collar bone), and accompanying muscles as they leave the thorax (chest) and enter the shoulder.”

Cervical Radiculopathy – A compression of the nerve roots in the neck.

Ulnar Nerve Entrapment – A compression of the ulnar nerve in the wrist.”

PEOSH (1997) further states: “These disorders can also be aggravated by medical conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, multiple myeloma, thyroid disorders, amyloid disease and pregnancy.”

NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY

Prevention is Better than Treatment 

Scan 8Now that most people spend a lot of their time doing repetitive motions, such as Gaming, Facebooking,  Twittering, using social media and all other types of interactions with computers,  musculoskeletal disorders, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, can happen outside the workplace.

You do not want to end up in pain for the rest of your life, so remember to take a break at least every hour from typing activities.

If you must spend your day sitting, as some people do, such as stenographers, remember to stand up at least once every hour.  While sitting, try to maintain your lumbar curve.  In other words, don’t slouch.

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Twin stenographers sitting on Buttpillows, Patented Ergonomic Seating Cushions.

Sitting and the Prostate

Standing frequently throughout the day is especially important for men.  There is new research that links prolonged sitting to swelling of the prostate or prostatitis, and there is also research that links prostatitis to prostate cancer.  Prostatitis can affect the sexual health of men usually beginning at about the age of 50; so all you men out there, stand up at least once every hour.

 

A Theme I love!!!

I finally found a theme I love as recommended by Word Press!!!  Be on the look out for  Ergo-Tips TM soon.

I noticed more discussion about ergonomics since March 2017 than I have seen since 2002 .  Ergonomics was a hot topic in 1997, then again in 2000 when it became a Federal Regulation to have an ergonomic work station for every employee,  then again when OSHA’s Ergonomic Standard was repealed in March 2001 by President Bush.

Ergonomics is important now so that you do not become disabled when you get older.  For employees, don’t hesitate to talk to your employer about your ergonomic positioning or your work station.

For employers, even though President Bush repealed OSHA’s ergonomic standard, OSHA was auditing and fining companies under the General Duty Clause for not reporting MSD’s since at least 1997; it may have been prior to 1997.  Several companies quit manufacturing products in the United States at that time due to the fines incurred by non-reporting of MSD’s.

Remember to report any suspected musculoskeletal disorders to OSHA by filling out OSHA’s Form 300A on-line as it is the law under the General Duty Clause of the OSH Act.  If you fail to report a MSD, you still can be audited and fined by OSHA.

 

Ergonomics: Standards

On July 20, 2001, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited President George W. Bush’s March 20, 2001, statement as follows:  “The safety and health of our Nation’s workforce is a priority for my administration.  Together we will pursue a comprehensive approach to ergonomics that addresses the concerns surrounding the ergonomics rule repealed today.  We will work with the Congress, the business community, and our Nation’s workers to address this important issue.”

It further states, “With these words, President Bush signed a joint resolution of Congress disapproving OSHA’s ergonomics standard, and at the same time, pledging to find a solution to ergonomic-related problems affecting the nation’s workforce.  OSHA’s ergonomics program standard was issued November 14, 2000, and took effect January 16, 2001.  Congress acted under authority of the Congressional Review Act of 1996.  As a result, the standard is no longer in effect, and employers and workers are not bound by its requirements.”

Today, I checked out OSHA’s web site and it makes no mention of the ergonomics standard being repealed.  It may be part of Obama Care; that is just my guess.  In fact, it is now referred to as the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 with amendments through 2004.

Bottom line is any employers should evaluate their workers for musculoskeletal disorders before they are hired so that they are not found to have an unsafe workplace that causes ergonomic injuries.

Further, for existing employees, if a person has any musculoskeletal pain, go to OSHA.gov to report any Work-related Injuries and Illnesses on their on-line Form 300 (Rev.01/2004) to be on the safe side.  Under OSHA’s General Duty clause, employers can be audited for not reporting a Work-related MSD; but as long as the employer reports the MSD (musculoskeletal disorder), they cannot get audited under the General Duty Clause for not reporting said MSD.  Employers can also call 1-800-321-OSHA to report any potential MSD’s that could be Work-related to make sure you are OSHA compliant.

 

Ergosoft Software Giveaway & Seeking Manufacturer for Patented Ergonomic Cushions

After spending years doing criminal jury trials, I started suffering with Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD’s) including carpal tunnel syndrome, and back pain. After one very long jury trial, I discovered I also had hemorrhoids from sitting for so long (I believe). I brought a doughnut pillow to court; and, of course, all the lawyers made fun of me.

To the mocking lawyers, just sitting on a doughnut pillow was “evidence” that I had hemorrhoids. This made me so mad that I ended up inventing the Patented Ergonomic Seating Cushion which is for pressure reduction, back pain and has a hidden utility of elevating the peri-anal area for people suffering with hemorrhoids or prostate pain.

I sold that cushion on my own web site for a while, Buttpillow.com (the name is taken by someone else now) and then got an offer to have it sold on TV. When my manufacturer heard, they decided to get greedy and trippled the cost of manufacturing the cushions. I didn’t seek a manufacturer outside the country as I heard all these horror stories about child labor, etc.

My husband, Darren Salinger, M.D., OB/GYN, and I did further research and developed a cushion for women during pregnancy to minimize back pain and also the only external risk factor for low birth weight babies (the extreme lumbar curve in the third trimester).

We also invented Ergosoft Ergonomics Softwarde based on OSHA’s Ergonomics Standard, starring Anka Rominsky (Playboy) as Ergo-Woman, Hardy Hill (Big Brother) as Ergo-Man; and Darren Salinger, M.D., OB/GYN as Ergo-Doc which educates about ergonomics when it reminds individuals to take a break with an Ergo-Tip in an entertaining way.

We intend to do an Ergosoft giveaway, since no one seems to know what ergonomics is; and OSHA is poised to start fining companies again for not having ergonomic work-stations under the General Duty Clause which leads me to wonder: Does OSHA want people to get injured so that they can collect fines from companies, or does OSHA want to prevent MSD’s which lead to disability?

Either way, there is a Right to Know clause, and people have a right to know how ergonomics could affect them.

After the Ergonomics Standard was repealed, OSHA was going to go industry by industry to set new standards, and the only industry they went forward with was nursing under Elaine Chao and then they stopped. Now as of 2014, OSHA is going back to fining companies under the General Duty Clause while only the Forturne 500 companies have ergonomics programs

What is Ergonomics?

After the 40 year fight for ergonomics programs, the passing of OSHA’s Ergonomics Standard in October 2000 and its repeal in March 2001, most people still don’t know what ergonomics is and how it affects us all at work and at home now that we are all on the computer so much.

merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ergonomics – Medical Definition of ergonomics. 1: an applied science concerned with designing and arranging things people use so that the people and things interact most efficiently and safely—called also human engineering, human factors engineering.

.techtarget.com – Ergonomics (from the Greek word ergon meaning work, and nomoi meaning natural laws), is the science of refining the design of products to optimize them for human use. … Ergonomics is sometimes known as human factors engineering.

http://www.osha.gov – Ergonomics: The Study of Work. U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA 3125. 2000 (Revised) …

Who Do I Write For?

Training people how to sit ergonomically should happen concurrently with training people how to use computers.   Prior to the smart phone, computers were used mostly for work and were found mostly in the workplace.

Since about 1985, companies were audited and fined if it was discovered they did not report a MSD experienced by one (1) employee to OSHA.    In fact, most MSD’s are called Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSD’s).   The fines to companies do nothing to help the individuals who are already suffering from a MSD that could have been prevented.

MSD’s may occur before someone enters the workforce because of the change in how computers are used; and waiting until someone enters the workforce to tell them about ergonomics may be setting them up to be disabled before they even begin working as WMSD’s account for between 50 – 80 percent of all disability payments.

Anyone who uses a computer or sits for more than two hours at a time without taking a break can reduce risk factors that lead to musculoskeletal pain and musculoskeletal disorders (MSD’s), such as back pain, by making small changes to their posture.

 

 

 

 

 

ERGOSOFT

 

This is my first post.  My name is Melanie Loomos.  I used to be a court 
reporter (stenographer).  I usually did jury trials because I didn't like 
to fight with the other court reporters for the good jobs. 
Good jobs were usually depositions with a lot of parties (lawyers) because 
we got paid per page; and each copy (lawyer) was an extra $2.50 per page.

When I was in trial, I would just sit in whatever chair the bailiff told me 
to sit in; and I wasn't aware of ergonomics.  

I would write sometimes through lunch (for more 
than 8 hours without breaks); and when I got home, I had to run my hands 
under warm water for a long time before I could get started on my 
transcripts because I was in so much pain.  

I didn't know it but I was developing a upper extremity 
cumulative trauma disorder (carpal tunnel syndrome).  Cumulative trauma 
disorders are musculosketal disorders (MSD's) caused by risk factors 
that include repetition and awkward postures (risk factors I could have 
reduced).  

I also didn't know at the time that there had been a checklist created by
ergonomists ten years prior that could have identified the risk factors I
was exposed to, which would have given me the option of minimizing or 
correcting those risk factors (awkward postures and repetition).

Then came OSHA's Ergonomic Standard which became Federal Law in 2000 
under the Clinton Administration.  The Ergonomic Standard was repealed 
as a Federal Law in March 2001 by the Bush Administration.  

The Ergonomics Standard was not a good law.  It mandated that every 
employer adjust every work station to every employee to reduce ergonomic 
risk factors even if they needed to cut the legs off desks.  

That gave me the idea for what I called "the Carpal Tunnel Chair"; 
I submitted it to the USPTO through an attorney to try to get a patent. 
I also submitted a patent on the Ergonomic Seating Cushion.

After review of the boring Ergonomics Standard, I realized people 
could learn what ergonomic risk factors are and how to reduce or 
correct those risk factors themselves if it were put in a non-boring 
format.  Ergosoft provides the sitting computer user with information 
from the boring repealed Ergonomics Standard either every half hour, 
every hour, or every two hours when the individual sets Ergosoft to 
remind them to take their Ergo-break.  Ergo-woman, Ergo-man, or 
Ergo-doc (in cartoon format) appear with an Ergo-tip.

Why am I telling everyone this?  I didn't realize ergonomics was 
a verypolitical issue, and politics is coming in between people 
and ergonomics.  The checklist that ergonomists worked on for almost 40 
years is not being used in the United States; it is being used in 
other countries. You can't even copy it without permission, and you 
need to pay for it on online.  

The checklist which was used to develop the Ergonomics Standard gives 
an average person the ability to identify ergonomic risk
factors and reduce them before cumulative trauma disorders are developed.  

I intend to give Ergosoft away as a free download to help people identify 
and minimize ergonomic risk factors that can lead to Musculoskeletal 
Disorders (MSD's) or Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSD's). 

I am seeking a manufacturer for the OhPillow
and the Ergonomic Seating Cushion.  Today is 2/27/2017.    
 

 
   
      
 
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