References and Medical Studies
OSHA-Excerpts from OSHA Ergonomic Report (tw921209)
The following are taken from this excerpt, which is linked to below. In addition to the break recommendation it is stated by the OSHA that wrist deviation when mousing is consistent with the Development of syndromes. The Quill™ is the only mouse product that encapsulates and manages wrist deviations. It is interesting to note the reference by the OSHA to "body biomechanics" but refer to an "ergonomically neutral" position.
The original link to the above information has now been removed and a new less definitive link is provided.
New OSHA Guides
It is interesting that OSHA makes little mention of mice now but does recommend the use of wrist rests and trackballs. For balance and advice contrary to that at the above OSHA link, two links are provided below.
European Union Press Release:
Commission asks workers and employers what action should be taken to combat musculoskeletal disorders
The announcement indicates that despite the billions of dollars (euros) spent on ergonomic products and programs the injury problem is still growing. The release goes on to state: "The highest increases are being seen amongst professionals (up from 18 per cent to 24 per cent) and technicians (up from 23 per cent to 31 per cent)", which we interpret as correlating with office computer type of work and in light of references to workstation design and mousing activity. EU Press Release.
UK TUC: RSI checklist will spot jobs at risk: one in fifty workers have RSI
New figures released by the TUC show that one in fifty workers (506,000) is suffering from the symptoms of RSI, which include pain and immobility in the joints, nerves and muscles from the fingers to the neck. Last year 5.4 million days were lost in sick leave due to RSI, and every day, six workers left their jobs forever because of RSI, even though if caught early enough it can be treated by changing the way work and workplaces are arranged, or by physiotherapy. About a third of workers with RSI are under 45, and just over half (55% - 276,000) are women.
News in Science 4/3/2003 Computer mouse key culprit in repetitive strain injuries
Read a recent study that shows clicking a mouse leads to higher risk of developing hand or wrist problems.
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Read the report on why using the computer mouse has become a problem, what makes using a computer mouse hazardous and what can be done to reduce the risk of injury from using a computer mouse.
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