No-cost Ergonomics Training Coming to Eugene
EUGENE - The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (OR-OSHA)
will be offering a training session to members of the Eugene-area business
community during July at no cost to participants.
The Public Education and Conferences Section of Oregon OSHA will be offering
"Ergonomics Awareness" on July 18 from 8:00am to Noon. The workshop
will be held at the Eugene Field Office of OR-OSHA, 1140 Willagillespie
Road, Suite 42 in Eugene (near Valley River Center and the Delta Highway).
OR-OSHA provides workshop materials for participants.
The workshop will be an introduction to ergonomics, the science concerning
human performance and safety in relation to their job's equipment, tools
and environment. Workshop participants will learn about eight key factors
which affect the health of a worker:
Frequency of work-related motion
Duration of the work performed
Force required to perform the task
Posture of the worker
Point of Operation
Vibration factors of the task
Environment the worker is exposed to
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently identified
three worker groups who show a higher-than-average incidence of repetitive
motion injuries - truck drivers, nursing aides and laborers. In 2000,
almost 26 percent of the 1.7 million Americans injured at work were service
sector workers with injuries related to muscle, nerve or tendon damage.
Practicing good ergonomics in the workplace can increase work productivity
by reducing down-time caused by worker injuries, stress and fatigue.
"The pain and lost-time impacts of injuries due to repetitive motion
injuries create two burdens," says Peter De Luca, administrator of
Oregon OSHA. "The first direct impact is in medical costs of helping
an injured worker get well and absorbing the lost productivity of what
that person contributes. The second indirect cost occurs years later when
a worker must cope with the pain and treatment of a cumulative stress
Oregon OSHA offers a variety of conferences, on-site training, educational
resources and consultation services to help Oregon employers create safer
workplaces and reduce the amount of productivity lost due to injuries
which occur at work. Additional information and resources are available
on Oregon OSHA's website, www.orosha.org
For more information about these workshops or to register, call the Oregon
OSHA Education Section, (503) 947-7443, or toll-free in Oregon, (888)
292-5247 Option 2.
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