Ergonomics at Upstate
Upstate recognizes the importance of ergonomics and the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Upstate leadership is committed to a comprehensive ergonomics program to reduce injury rates, lost work time and to maintain a safe and healthy work environment.
Upstate Ergonomics Program
The Upstate Ergonomics Program was established in 2004 with an Ergonomic Specialist and Ergonomics Steering Committee as a special program within the Human Resources Office. The program identifies and assesses ergonomic hazards in the workplace and recommends ways of minimizing or controlling these hazards so that all Upstate employees are kept productive and free of discomfort in their work environment.
An Ergonomic Specialist is an expert on human movement, musculoskeletal function, injury prevention and how humans function within their environment. An Ergonomic Specialist applies this knowledge to evaluate and alter the workplace to help make jobs easier, safer and more efficient.
What is an MSD?
Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are injuries that involve the muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, joints and cartilage in the human body. These injuries are sometimes referred to as cumulative trauma disorders because they occur over time. Common MSDs include sprains, strains, inflammation, tears and pinched nerves. Symptoms of MSDs can be discomfort, pain, fatigue, loss of function, swelling, or numbness and tingling.
Common ergonomic risk factors that can increase the risk of developing an MSD are repetitive motion, excessive force, awkward/static posture, contact stress, cold and vibration.