December, 2012— Ergonomics important in school lab settings
Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTDs) are a huge problem for the American factory
worker. Usually caused by injuries from repetitive tasks, the disorders can cause
permanent nerve damage. CTDs are responsible for 60 percent of all occupational
illnesses in America. These disorders actually start as early as elementary school.
Although some attempts have been made to increase safety and ergonomics in the
workplace, less effort has been made in the classroom. Using ergonomically-designed
equipment in schools can help reduce the number of CTD cases in students and adults.
Improving the ergonomics of chairs, screens, desks, and other school equipment can
drastically improve the health of students as they grow and develop.