Repetitive motion injuries are a significant problem for healthcare workers and cost employers more than $20 billion annually.1 According to NIOSH and OSHA:
-Musculoskeletal injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, develop in the hands and wrists due to repetitive, forceful maneuvers;2
-Pharmacists, technicians, and Nurses have a significantly higher than normal incidence rate of repetitive motion injuries;3,4
-Minimizing twisting motions and designing ergonomic tools will help reduce these issues.2
1 Reich, Robert. “Preventing Repetitive Stress Injuries.” US Department of Labor. Washington D.C. December 10, 1996. Press Statement.
2 Ergonomics: The Study of Work U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA 3125 2000 (Revised).
3 U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, News Release, “Lost-worktime Injuries and Illnesses; Characteristics and Resulting Time Away from Work, 1998,” April 20, 2000.
4 Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare (OHSAH) in British Columbia. “An Ergonomics Guide for Hospital Pharmacies.” 2004
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