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Sitting down on the job can be bad for your health

September 21st, 2010 11:46am - Posted By: Denver Business Journal – by Paula Moore

One of the newest strategies for helping office employees stay healthy at work is one of the oldest urges felt by human beings — movement.

Office-space experts now encourage people to get up out of their chairs frequently and move, including stretching in the work space and taking a short walk outside.

Some experts even suggest workers use a sit-stand approach in their offices and cubicles — splitting their time there between sitting and standing.

To accommodate that way of working, more employees now use work surfaces that can be raised and lowered depending on a person’s position, as well as adjustable stands and arms for moving computer monitors.

“Your body is not designed to be static,” said Nick McElhiney, mechanical engineer, ergonomics consultant and owner of Ergonomic Evolution LLC in Erie. “The old way of thinking was if a worker didn’t move, he couldn’t hurt himself. But [the truth is tha ...



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ROI‐BasedAnalysis of Employee Wellness Programs

August 18th, 2010 3:35pm - Posted By: US Corporate Wellness

ROI‐Based Analysis of Employee Wellness Programs  The Problems…The Cost…The Solution

Organizations of all sizes and from all industries are investigating ways to save money in the form of health care, disability, sick time, recruitment and retention costs. This document looks at the problem facing employers, the cost attributed to that problem, and the critical components a wellness program must incorporate in order to provide a long‐term, high ROI solution to that problem.

Click on the link below to read the complete white paper.

US Corporate Wellness White Paper

Ergonomic Evolution is a supporter of any wellness program that is designed to improve employee well being and lower health care costs. This white paper only addresses ...



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Can worker hope to be safe at last?

July 29th, 2010 4:37pm

Can Workers Hope to Be Safe at Last?

Tuesday 02 March 2010

by: Dick Meister, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed

It’s called musculoskeletal disorder or MSD, the most common of the serious injuries suffered by US workers. But because corporate employers fear that greater public awareness would force them to spend more on job safety, MSD has remained one of the least understood of injuries.

The latest government figures show that more than 60 percent of the million or more on-the-job injuries reported annually are MSD-related. Some of the victims are permanently disabled, and many more have to take time off from work while their injuries heal.

The victims include computer operators, factory and construction workers, meat and poultry processors, hospital and restaurant employees, ...



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Understanding ergonomics at work and the benefits that go along with it.

July 29th, 2010 4:34pm

Reduce accidents and ill health and increase productivity by fitting the task to the worker.

You may have heard of the term ‘ergonomics’. This is sometimes referred to as ‘human factors’. Not everyone really understands what ergonomics is, what it does, or how it affects people. This leaflet will help to answer these questions and to explain how understanding ergonomics can improve health and safety in your workplace.

It is aimed at anyone who has a duty to maintain and improve health and safety and who wants to gain insight into ergonomics. It gives some examples of ergonomics problems and simple, effective advice on what can be done to solve them.

What is ergonomics?

Ergonomics is a science concerned with the ‘fit’ between people and their work. It puts people first, taking account of their capabilities and limitations. Ergonomics aims to make sure that tasks, equipment, information ...



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Under Obama, Labor Agencies Building up Budgets and Enforcement

July 29th, 2010 4:29pm

Some in the manufacturing community worry that an attempt to issue an OSHA ergonomics standard is on the way. By Josh Cable @ Industry Week

Labor historians agree: Over the past few decades, a change in political party at the White House usually signals a dramatic change in the federal government’s approach to labor policy.

“Absolutely. This is not a close call,” explains Robert Trumble, professor of management and director of the Virginia Labor Studies Center at Virginia Commonwealth University. “And the [U.S.] Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO see it the same way also.”

Washington, D.C.-based journalist Phil Dine, author of “State of the Unions: How Labor Can Strengthen the Middle Class, Improve Our Economy, and Regain Political Influence,” puts it this way: When a Republican administration is in power, unions are “ ...



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Connecting Health and Wellness Boosts Bottom Line

July 29th, 2010 3:52pm

DES MOINES, Iowa, Apr 06, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — As American workers rebuild they are focused on spending less and saving more according to recent research from the Principal Financial Well-Being Index(SM). Now there is a way for employers to help by giving workers a chance to spend less on health care while encouraging them to lead a healthier lifestyle.

The Principal Value-Based Health Benefit(SM)is a new health program that integrates health and wellness benefits. The new approach gives financial incentives to employees who choose to engage in preventive medical care and healthy behaviors.

“Healthy employees have fewer absences, are more productive while at work and are less likely to get injured. It’s simple. A healthy work force saves money and contributes to a healthier bottom line,” said Jerry Ripperger, director of business development for the Principal Financial Group(R). “Our new program gives employees concrete, fin ...



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OSHA Outlines The Final Ruling for Recording Work-Related Injuries

July 29th, 2010 3:48pm

OSHA has finally suggested the Occupational Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting Requirements Rule thus ending the time for public comment.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration intends to change the per-existing principles to make sure employers that have 10 or more employees would need to keep a record of some work-related musculature disorders in their OSHA 300 Log.

The Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy was sought by the small business community to voice concern over the potential small business costs as well as the complexity of the proposed rule. The SBA Office of Advocacy filed comments that signify the opinions of small businesses along with OSHA.

The OSHA 300 Log is a record of work-related sicknesses and injuries that most employers are duty-bound to keep. Musculature Disorder is defined by OSHA as disarrays of muscles, ligaments, cartilage, tendons, joints and spinal discs. However it does not consist ...



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Businesses reward employees for healthy changes.

July 29th, 2010 3:37pm

By STEVE LOHR – New York Times Published: March 26, 2010

FOR all the debate lately, one basic fact about America’s health care crisis is rarely mentioned. Namely, the one thing that could really reform health care is you, collectively speaking: People living healthier lives.

The statistical evidence has been clear for years, but it bears repeating. Studies show that 50 percent to 70 percent of the nation’s health care costs are preventable. Much of that expense goes to treat a few chronic conditions that are closely linked to behavior, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Read More...


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