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Haoda The Great

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Transcript of ERGONOMICS

Well, what is Ergonomics anyway?
There is no official definition of the term "Ergonomics", but basically...

"Ergonomics is the science of making things comfy!" - about.com
Desktop Ergonomics
The safety of using stationary Desktop computers.
This is the most common issue with today’s computers.

Laptop Ergonomics
Using a laptop for a long period of time can also result in health risks.

Laptops placed on the lap will heat up and damage the user’s legs.

More importantly, laptops are not very ergonomic overall because of their size.
In the latest technologies developed, smartphones have also became a health issue as they are used much more often than normal phones.
Smartphone Ergonomics
Consequences of non-ergonomic practices
>Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the most common computer and/or workplace injury.

>This occurs when the hand of the user is on a daily basis resting on a hard surface while operating a device.
CTS - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Stress and Fatigue
Stress and fatigue is an effect that occurs mainly after the user is constantly given work on a device.

The user becomes slow and depressed, tired and drowsy when this occurs.
Musculoskeletal ailments
In other words, sore necks and back pain caused by non-ergonomic practices.

These occur when the victim is constantly in an awkward working position for prolonged periods of time, making their neck and backs sore.
(Computer Vision Syndrome)
The halt of movement of the shoulder.

This usually happens when the user is using their shoulder and moving it constantly back and forth for a long time.

The joint couple becomes inflamed, therefore the shoulder can not move.
Frozen Shoulder
(CVS images)
Ergonomics Mystery Quiz!!
stories from victims that suffered the effects from a non-ergonomic workplace will be given. Identify the
two consequences
that each victim suffered.
Test your knowledge
- Caused by looking and focusing on computer screens for prolonged periods of time.
- To prevent CVS: use proper lighting, take frequent breaks, refocus your eyes every so often, and minimize glare
(ways to prevent CVS)
Story 1:
John worked at Dell Computing Inc. He had a sore wrist and he also started to feel a little tired.
(Ergonomics definition)
Story 2
Jane was using a computer at home for messaging to her friends. She then started to have eyesight issues, from the bad tilt of her monitor, and she also had a sore neck.
Story 3
Jeremy was using a laptop for Hershey's Inc. He started to feel a pain on his back and from using his mouse, his shoulder stopped moving for about a year.
Story 4
Nick used a computer as a child and eventually at the age of 17, had a massive pain in his wrist. He also had to practice a different sitting position after this incident.
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
- Repetitive Strain Injury is caused by forceful repetitive actions, and awkward work positions over prolonged periods of time.
(RSI Research)
- Ways to prevent RSI include
> Good posture
> Frequent breaks
> Exercising
> Adjusting your work station
- Popular terms for the discomfort caused by
RSI include Gamer's thumb, iPod finger, and
Rubik's wrist.
Story 1: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Stress.

Story 2: CVS (Computer Vision Syndrome and RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury)

Story 3: Muscuskeletal ailments and Frozen shoulder

Story 4: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury)
YouTube and Wikipedia
(Multiple occasions)
Don't be alarmed by the Spanish Title!
By Safayat Jamal and Haoda Fan
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