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overuse injuries (Isabel Brackbill) ERCELAA@ctrvax.Vanderbilt.Edu 17 Mar 1998 22:30 UTC

Date: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 14:37:18 -0700
From: ibrackbill@LANL.GOV
Subject: overuse injuries

We are plagued with overuse injuries to our library staff (carpal tunnel
syndrome, tendonitis). This is especially prevalent with the staff in the
serials section, where journal check-in and binding are done, as well as
with the catalogers who spend long hours keyboarding and handling books.

I would like to know if this is a problem in other libraries and what
solutions have been taken to avoid this. Having an ergonomically correct
work station has not prevented these injuries at our library. Are there any
libraries out there that have successfully addressed these problems?

Isabel Brackbill
Serials Cataloger
Research Library
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos New Mexico