I received my freebie edition of ErgoSolutions Magazine this week, "The Resource for Leaders in Workplace Ergonomics." I know what you're thinking; what makes me so special that I get free copies of magazines? Well, I filled out a form on the ErgoSolutions subscription page. I'm not sure what their judging criteria is, but they say you can get free copies if you're in the industry. Somebody took pity on me and decided having a quasi-related blog was good enough. (Issues are $4.95 otherwise.)
The magazine actually deals with all sorts of workplace ergonomics, sometimes but not necessarily related to computer stuff. It tends to be on the dry side (let's face it; the word "ergonomics" doesn't inspire people to chortle with barely contained pleasure), but there's usually at least one article I find interesting in any given issue. And the ads are second to none. I'm not sure what exactly "SuperFeet Ergonomic Orthotics" do, but they look cool.
This issue had articles on the following:
Frugal Ergonomics -- Although the column has potential, I wasn't big on this month's topics: sticking a letter opener gadget under a desk to keep people from cutting themselves, and something else about using Velcro instead of Brillo pads (I didn't quite get what he was doing) for removing material.
ErgoBiz Q&A with Jon Simkovitz from Solutions for Humans -- This was an interesting, very readable article. The "try before you buy" program Solutions for Humans offers sounds nice; if you've been looking at ergonomic chairs, workstations, etc. for more than a day, you know they're not cheap. The article also gave a peek at some new products coming out, i.e., the ErgoGENESIS Bodybilt Stretch Seating (looks plush), Contour Design's NoteRiser (it helps laptop users "position the computer for optimal ergonomic integrity, promoting improvements in body posture..."), and some other non-computer related stuff. Hm, I wonder if they'd like to send me some free stuff to review...
Behavior Safety & Ergonomics -- With section titles like "Improving Safety, Increasing Productivity" and "Behavior Engineering: Jumpstarting Safe Behaviors" interspersed with numerous bullet point lists, I felt like I was reading somebody's PowerPoint presentation. This article is definitely aimed at the managerial types.
Selecting Height Adjustable Workstations, pt 2 -- This article was exploring (you'll never guess) height adjustable workstations. This is another one of those "dry" articles. The information seems like it should be interesting, but there's a little too much detail, lots of quantifiable data thrown in like some peer-reviewed scientific journal (you know, the kind that about three people read). I only made it a few paragraphs into the article. Now, if I had been looking to buy ergonomic workstations for my office or some such, it might have been a different story.
That takes care of the major articles.
An interesting parting tidbit...
In the forum section, I learned that computer related injuries should probably be classified as "Mechanical Onset Repetitive Stress Injuries" or MORSI, "because it is the mechanical activity performed on computers while using badly designed tools that is the causal factor of impairment" (Tom Large from www.quillmouse.com). Apparently, this is a little different than simple RSI.
Hope you guys don't mind, but I'm going to continue to refer to it as RSI, mostly because I actually want people to be able to find my site in the search engines... and because I'm too much of a thug to remember an acronym that long. You people will know what I mean, though. Right?