“Sitting is the new smoking” “Sitting is going to kill you” “Stand Up!”
During the past two weeks or so the news has been abuzz with “digital dementia” affecting teens and 20-somethings. Most of us are familiar with dementia that strikes the elderly but digital dementia is a new type of cognitive condition affecting those in their teens and early 20s. According to multiple articles on this topic, digital dementia is characterized as the deterioration of brain function as a result of the overuse of digital technology, such as computers, smart phones and Internet use in general. This excess use of technology leads to unbalanced brain development, as heavy user
I attended and presented at the ASSE’s Safety 2013 in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago. Besides listening to other speakers and meeting new people, the one thing I really enjoy about the conference is the exhibit hall. There are the usual products on display, such as various PPE (fall arrest systems, gloves, safety glasses, footwear, and then there are some new products that caught my eye. Here are four that were new to me and definitely have an application in industry:
Everyone loves free stuff—especially if it of value and makes our lives easier. I’m always looking for tools that can make my job and/or that of my clients’ easier and quicker to assess ergonomic risk. Auburn Engineers offers free versions of three common ergonomic assessment tools—REBA, RULA and NIOSH lifting equation which they call eREBA, eRULA and eLift respectively.
If you’re like most people, myself included, you probably spend a good portion of your day in a seated position. Avoiding sitting is very difficult these days, as computer work predominates. In addition, you may spend many hours each week driving to and from work.
The research is growing that suggests sitting for extended periods of time is an independent risk factor for poor health and premature death. Even if you are very fit and exercise regularly, if you uninterruptedly sit for a great percentage of the time, you’re still at an increased risk of dying prematurely.
It seems as though everyone is doing Lean these days—Lean Office, Lean Manufacturing, Lean this and Lean that. Lean is a very good process improvement methodology started by Toyota.
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“Active” workstations, such as treadmill desks, have become popular recently, especially since the emergence of “sitting disease”. The negative effects associated with prolonged sitting are pretty well established, increasing risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. Because people hear that sitting is “bad” they automatically think that having an active workstation, i.e.