12 May 2015
In nearly all occupations computer time makes up a significant portion of the work day. This is especially true for knowledge workers, who generally complete their work in an office environment. With the large proportion of work time dedicated to computer use, much of this relates to interaction with the mouse to perform various actions.
27 April 2015
What is the impact of your keyboard choice? A 2010 article outlines a trial of a split, adjustable ergonomic keyboard and separate number pad (the Kinesis Freestyle Solo keyboard with accessory package), and compares outcomes with this keyboard to the use of a traditional “standard” keyboard model (1). The split, adjustable keyboard included “clip-on tenting” accessories that can incline the keyboard 10 to 15 degrees, reducing the amount of pronation in the forearm. The ability to open and completely separate the keyboard to reduce ulnar deviation is also possible with the design.
09 April 2015
In this blog, we will help you to understand the risk factors associated with developing discomfort during long period of driving, and how to avoid them so you can enjoy your trip.
28 October 2014
The key to effective intervention for cold-related finger/hand pain may be maintenance of hand and finger temperature during work operations. However, hand actions and the use of specialized safety gloves, which have limited insulation, are likely to result in constant heat loss from the hands. A method to provide heat energy for the hands and fingers might be a more effective intervention.
Heated gloves have been commercially available for a long time, but in most instances these gloves are inappropriate for industrial work. They are often too bulky, or they have wiring that restricts movement and can create performance/safety issues. Furthermore, commercial models have the heating units in the palms of the gloves, and have limited mechanisms to heat or warm the fingers – which is of primary importance to prevention/abatement of symptoms.
Fortunately, there is a locally-available product that has overcome these issues. Power In Motion’s MotionHeat Rechargable Heated Glove Liners.
25 September 2014
The new mother sits in her rocking chair cradling her infant in her arms, gazing lovingly down at her sleeping babe: The picture perfect scenario of the joy of motherhood.
However, I would fathom a guess that this mother is also likely in pain.
18 September 2014
Last week, Alberta was treated to an unexpected early snowfall. While we are fortunate that winter conditions have reverted back to a typical, warm, Western Canadian September we were reminded of the coming winter conditions and the impact they have on our work operations. In outdoor construction work and trades-person work in cold winter conditions, there are a number of discomforts and issues that can be aggravated by the cold.
04 June 2014
Balancing work and life outside of the job can present challenges. Outside of the job, employees may need to respond to family needs and commitments, continuing education, personal interests and goals, and many other items. Providing an employee with strategies to maintain their workplace commitments and productivity while also giving increased latitude to manage outside commitments and interests can be an important non-financial benefit for employers.
30 May 2014
Over the past decade there has been a significant increase in the number of buildings that integrate green building, maintenance and operational practices. Many of the drivers to support such initiatives have included: reduced energy consumption, lower emissions, reduced impact on the natural environment and improved occupant satisfaction. With many buildings now fully occupied and operational, are green buildings resulting in improved occupant satisfaction?
24 April 2014
Concussion awareness is much higher in light of better knowledge, recognition of the symptoms and prevalence, and coverage in news and sports. A concussion is predominately associated with a blunt force to the head; however, it may also be caused as a result of trauma to any part of the body which can transmit linear and angular reaction forces to the head.
11 April 2014
Construction work is one of the most common and lucrative fields of employment among trades people and labourers. It has been well established that work in this field is associated with ergonomic risk factors and musculoskeletal disorders, and evaluating exposures to various risk factors throughout this work is important.
Although, accurate assessment of exposures can be difficult to gather without proper expertise and skills.