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iPad shoulder becomes the latest modern life affliction
January 25, 2012 - By Richard Alleyne, The Telegraph

Research from the Harvard School of Public Health in the US, has found that users could be at greater risk of neck injury depending on how they held their tablet computers.

This is due to the fact that most users hold their device on their laps, which results in them gazing downwards at a sharper rate.

This research has therefore shown the need to implement tablet computers into business ergonomic guidelines as more companies are looking to use tablet computers within their businesses.
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Forty-five per cent of workers have suffered from RSI
December 13, 2011 - By Silicon

A survey in Ireland, which asked more than 1,000 employees in the country has found that "45% have suffered from repetitive strain injury or RSI-type pain while working".

Those surveyed usually spend "between 2 and 6 hours seated at work, typing on the computer or on the phone".

The back was the most affected area for pain/discomfort.
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Using computers in work
November 08, 2011 - By Sian Fisher, Belfast Telegraph

There a large number of people who spend the majority of their working day using computers.

Most of these will not suffer any side-effects as a result but good practice is still encouraged as 'prevention is better than cure'.

For example, a break away from the screen of between 5-10 minutes is recommended after an hours continual useage of a computer.
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The Apprentice’s Tom Pellereau highlights the importance of office ergonomics
July 19, 2011 - By Yahoo News

Fellowes, who are office productivity experts, agree with The Apprentice 2011 winner, Tom Pellereau, that ergonomics is an important issue within an office.

They say that productivity is affected directly by the environment we work in.

Posture is something that is not recognised as important but it is something, which if not correct, can create long-term damage. It is recommended that people avoid slouching their back to avoid being uncomfortable whilst in the office.
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The Apprentice uncut: Lord sugar’s health and safety rant reveals UK problems
July 18, 2011 - By Louisa Peacock, The Telegraph

The business plan for a chair, which prevented back pain, was met with a cold response of there being too many health and safety rules for employers to follow, in the boardroom of The Apprentice 2011.

This has raised the issue about "Sicknote Britain" and the fact that employers do not know what to do about absenteeism, nor do they have the time or money to waste on 'gimmicks', which may, or may not, bring the rate down.

Lord Sugar's response has highlighted that health and safety issues are still a problem for both employee and employer.
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Five ways ergonomics has shaped your life
November 18, 2009 - By BBC News

An explanation as to how ergonmics plays an important role in not only the office, but also within other areas of everyday life.

For example, ergonomics is an important issue within the car manufacturing industry so as to accommodate drivers of all different shapes and sizes, which is why seats are adjustable and moveable.

The office, however, is still the most prevalent place to see ergonomics in use so as to avoid injuries such as repetitive strain injury (RSI).
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Two thirds of office staff suffer from repetitive strain injury
June 04, 2008 - By The Daily Mail

Microsoft conducted research into repetitive strain injury found in workers and discovered that it has increased, costing businesses "£300m in lost working hours".

Microsoft have concluded that the reason for this increase is due to the fact that more office staff work on the move than they have done in the past.

Awkward posture positions have been blamed for the injuries and the most common symptoms are back ache and shoulder pain.
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Repetitive strain injury
By Dr Rob Hicks, BBC Health

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is also known as 'work-related upper limb injury'. It is caused by the repeated use of the upper limbs i.e. the hands, wrists, shoulders and arms.

The symptoms include an ache in the areas at the initial stage of RSI to a pain felt the majority of the time in the areas at the severe stages.

RSI can be caused by using the keyboard and mouse of a computer for prolonged periods of time; regular breaks from these items are therefore recommended.
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Repetitive strain injury - NHS
By NHS Choices

There are two types of repetitive strain injury (RSI): Type 1, where the symptoms can be diagnosed by a doctor such as carpal tunnel syndrome and Type 2, which cannot be diagnosed by a doctor as there are no obvious symptoms.

The symptoms for RSI do not usually occur suddenly but rather they are a result of a long period of time of repetitive actions that can lead to RSI.

There are no tests to confirm RSI as there are any number of factors that could cause it to occur.
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By Wikipedia

Wikipedia entry, giving an explanation as to what ergonomics means.
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