WHAT THE EXPERTS HAVE TO SAY

INQA - (initiative „A new quality of office work")

One of the aims of the association INQA office is to enhance and to further promote the quality of office work along their self-imposed guidelines. INQA has set its mind on combining the „interest of people to be granted positive, health- and personality-enhancing working conditions with the necessity to ensure competitive work place“. The core of the activities of the INQA office is to provide information to the office workers and the enterprises as to the inter-relation between favourable working conditions and productivity. Publications and research projects alike deal with a healthy way of working and along with it naturally the right way of spending your day at VDU work stations. In the meantime most of the authorities and experts in the field of industrial and health protection, industrial science representatives and office experts have joined the INQA as partners. More information under: www.inqa.de 

 

Dr. Falk Liebers - (German Federal Institute of industrial safety and industrial medicine)

„In Germany, RSI is discussed most controversially, and it has not achieved the rank of an acknowledged job-related disease. Yet it cannot be denied that there is indeed a correlation between the occurrence of specific ailments of the arms (such as the „tennis arm“ or the carpal tunnel syndrome) and a number of jobs carried out manually. Among these the monotonous entering of data have to be named with the restriction that given a normal way of operating the computer there is no risk of attracting any disease of the arms and hands. However, the surveys these findings relate to are often carried out in those enterprises that sport ideal computer workplaces. It is therefore essential to concentrate on an analysis of the workplace itself (analysis of the risk potential). Only by doing so it is possible to document and assess such risk factors as an unfavourable sitting position“.  www.baua.de

 

Prof. Hardo Sorgatz - (RSI expert, Technical University, Darmstadt)

According to Professor Hardo Sorgatz, prescribing physiotherapy or massage which is the normal procedure when treating a back pain is not the appropriate way of dealing with RSI: "The workplace itself has to be altered. An expert has to scrutinise what precisely a patient is doing working his computer, and then help him/her to avoid taking the wrong position or obey the wrong sequence of movements.“ In his eyes, a lot of doctors are not up to date regarding the latest research findings and would therefore turn RSI patients away. Sorgatz has developed an RSI treatment programme at his institute that is directed towards patients affected with the ailment (source: News Archives, WDR online)
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Prof. Peter Dormans - (head of the RSI Research Centre, University of Maastricht/the Netherlands)

Not only physical but psychological causes may be related to the RSI syndrome. „Stress is one component that promotes the onset of RSI“, Professor Peter Dormans is convinced. The professor has also learned that a great number of his patients do not take their pain seriously respectively ignore them altogether as a result of demanding too much from themselves; in addition, the pressure to perform has reached a certain peak. Breaks are not taken on a regular basis, the muscles get tense, the constant strain on the sinews and nerves rises. The consequences: The pain occurring in the mouse arm gets worse. "The best advice to give these patients is to reduce the pressure and the stress created by the job they impose upon themselves. But this is something these patients find very difficult to do, and it takes some time to take effect.“ (Source: News Archives, WDR online) www.unimaas.nl