VALUATING DATA ENTRY RELATED
TABLE OF CONTENTS
A: Problem Statement and Introduction
B: Risk Factors
C: Warning Signs
B: Options for Relief
C: Medical Treatments
III: Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations
A: Work Site Assessment
B: Employee Benefit Programs
If a person types 40 words per minute, which is less than the average data entry professional, that employee is pressing 12,000 keys per hour or 96,000 keys in an 8 hour work day. Approximately 8 ounces of force is needed to depress a single key therefore 16 tons of force will be exercised by an employee per day. For typists that type 60 words per minute there is an exertion of 25 tons of pressure each work day.
RSI stands for repetitive stress injury or repetitive strain injury and it refers to pain in an area that is positioned or moved about in the same area repeatedly. It is common for people with data entry positions to suffer from RSI in the wrists, neck, and/or back. Symptoms of RSI include but are not limited to numbness, tingling, tremors, lack of sensation, feelings of heaviness or pain, and lack of endurance. Muscles, tendons, and nerves can all be affected. Most people have occasional aches and pains but if someone has the symptoms listed regularly when using a computer it is possible they suffer from RSI or another aliment affecting the hand, wrist, neck, upper back, or shoulders.
There are many risk factors that can increase the likelihood of developing or making worse a preexisting condition of RSI. Some of these include:
* Lack of frequent or regular breaks
* Poor posture
* Over two hours of computer use and/or other repetitive hand movement per day
* Sitting for long periods of time
* Long fingernails
* Smoking, alcohol, or drugs
* Overly flexible joints...