ERGONOMICS and THE AGING WORKFORCE. or ERGONIGHTMARE Michael A. Alday, MD, MPH Medical Director Regional Occupational Health. As America Ages, So Does the U.S. Workforce • 78 million Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) • Boomers comprise 46% of the U.S. workforce
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Michael A. Alday, MD, MPH
Regional Occupational Health
So Does the U.S. Workforce
• 78 million Baby Boomers
• Boomers comprise 46%
of the U.S. workforce
Source: U.S. Census Bureau,
Bureau of Labor Statistics
THIS IS SHOCKING!!
THE REAL QUESTION IS:
WHO IS GOING TO PAY FOR US BOOMERS??
(cumulative trauma disorder/repetitive motion injury)
We’re from the government and we’re here to help
Repetition + Position + Force + Time + No Rest
= RMI or CTD
Tennis Elbow Rotator Cuff Strain
Neuropathies Carpal Tunnel Syndrome(CTS)
Raynaud’s Ganglion Cysts??
<3 Considered safe
Between 3-5 Uncertain risk
Between 5-7 Some risk
>7 Considered hazardous
5-10 to 1
Worksite visit by the ergonomics team
-- What is the value?
reinforces employee’s significance, importance,and the idea that the healthcare system is taking action
The “other” CTD