Common WMSD* Hazards in Your Workplace and Some Solution Ideas. *Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders. This slide show outlines…. …some common WMSD hazards in workplaces, and some ideas for reducing or eliminating them.
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*Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders
…some common WMSD hazards in workplaces, and some ideas for reducing or eliminating them.
Locate resources and contacts for more assistanceBy the end of this slide show, you will be able to…
Some jobs tasks can cause injuries from:
Hand-arm vibrationHazards to watch for
Repetitive motion & Intensive keying
Increase the weight
(so people truly can’t lift the item)
Use mechanical assistance
Slide instead of lift
Avoid unnecessary lifting
Use mobile storage
Rotate between tasks
Bring loads as close to the body as possible before lifting them
Place objects at a good working heightTo lower the risks of lifting…
Use a stool for lower level work
Alternate between bending, kneeling, sitting, and squatting
Use an elevated work platform or rolling stairs for higher level work
Use tools with longer handles
Limit overhead storage to infrequently used itemsTo lower the risk of awkward postures…
with tool counter-balancers
a Power Grip:To lower the risk of pinching…
Change from pinch to grip:
The upper box has cut out handles which allow a much more comfortable and less stressful grip on the box.
is up to 5 times stronger than
Change pinching to gripping
(He’s using a power drill rather than a ratchet.)
(Substitute some tasks that don’t include repetitive motions or keying.)
A link to a Hand-Arm Vibration database is in the appendix at the end of this presentation. When searching for a low vibration tool, look for the lowest vibration level (VL).
This is a searchable database with over 700 ideas for solutions to ergonomic challenges
A link to this web page is in the appendix at the end of this presentation
Ergonomics Awareness PowerPoint Keying…
Recommended Exposure Limits for Preventing WMSDs PowerPointAppendix - Links
WISHA Ergonomics Ideas Bank
Low vibration tools
A Five Step Process for Finding WMSD Hazards
Contact an L&I ergonomist