I am often amazed and sometimes amused at the aches and pains complaints that I receive regarding computer work stations. Quite often the problems are corrected by adjusting a chair, or raising a keyboard, or placing the monitor directly in line with the keyboard. New employees are sometimes afraid they are doing something wrong by adjusting a work station to fit themselves. Simply put, there is no reason why you should not be comfortable working at a computer for hours a day. Here are a few simple do it yourself suggestions to help make you more comfortable:
Regardless of the above, if you are experiencing discomfort while working at your computer work station and the above suggestions have not helped, please give us a call at 546-6400 or 546-269, and schedule a full ergonomic workstation review.
"Your body will tell you when it's right.
Pick a chair that's the right height."
The following statistics were the result of a CNN Interactive Poll on May 23, 1999.
How often do you wear setbelts?
I don't bother 6%
Just goes to show that there are 6% who just don't get it!!
Ear Poisons (ototoxins) enter the body through ingestion, inhalation and skin absorbtion. Ototoxins impair hearing, cause ringing in the ear, or total deafness.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) considers carbon monoxide, lead, and its compounds, styrene, toluene, trichloroethylene and xylene as high priority ototoxins. Noise combined with ototoxins can result in even more severe effects.
Chemical Health & Safety Volume 4, #2 Lenore Koliha
"Chemicals must be treated with respect.
You are the one that you must protect."
A joint safety advisory was issued by the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Occupational Safety & Health Association (OSHA) warning health care workers of the dangers associated with glass capillary tubes. OSHA estimates that there are nearly 2,800 injuries from glass capillary tubes every year. Tubes may break when being centrifuged or while being inserted into putty for sealing. Workers may be exposed to both the hazards of a potentially infectious specimens and sharp glass fragments.
OSHA recommends the use of : non-glass capillary tubes; glass capillary tubes wrapped with puncture resistant film; or a method for sealing that does not require one end of the tube to be pushed into putty.
"The sense of smell doesn't always tell"
Starting a new exercise regime to get in shape for summer? Or are you anxious to start playing on the company softball team? Weekend athletes who want to return to work without aches, pains, or maybe even a broken bone, should be cautious when returning to physical activity after a winter of relative inactivity.
The American College of Emergency Physicians offers these suggestions t prevent injuries
From Today's Supervisor April 1999
"Bring your safety sense home with you"
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
Keep the 4th of July Safe
Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction
(Latest information about potentially hazardous effects of chemicals on human reproduction)
Childproofing your home - 12 Safety Devices to Protect Your Children
Learn about sun safety and environmental safety and health issues at
To know what to do during a fire, check out
National Safety Council Environmental Health Center Helpline
Creighton Pre-Hospital Education is offering CPR classes on a monthly basis as follows:
Second Saturday of each month
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Last Monday of each month
3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
COST: $45.00 (for full course)
$25.00 (for renewal)
For more information please call 280-1280. Registration is required 5 days prior to the start of the class.
10. Organize - Form a neighborhood watch group. You will get to know your neighbors and keep everybody safe.
"Home safety is where the hearth is"
Victims of carjackings and kidnappings can be placed into the trunks of cars. With no way to free themselves, they're helpless. Children looking for a place to play or hide have also died from heat stroke on hot days after becoming locked inside a trunk.
In response to these tragedies, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is currently studying the feasibility of trunk release devices. Their 18-month study, sue in late 1999, is part of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century. After NHTSA's review of trunk entrapment issues, the study may identify the most practical solutions and the costs to implement them.
"When you work together,
Everyone is better!"
For the 4th consecutive year, Creighton's Environmental Health & Safety program has been honored. The Award of Honor with Distinction was presented to the University at the Greater Omaha Safety & Health Council Expo in May.
On May 11, the Campus Safety Committee conducted a seatbelt check in conjunction with the Safety & Health Council sponsored "Arrive Alive" campaign. Committee members stopped vehicles and handed out in excess of 250 squeeze bottles to staff, faculty and students who were wearing seatbelts.
The Child Development Center sponsored a child safety seat check in May. Many parents took advantage of the free service to have their child safety seat inspected. If you would like to schedule an inspection, call Mindy at 546-6400.