Re: [Histonet] Repetitive motion Syndrome in particular use ofshoulders.


See the following for some information on RMS and laboratory work.

University of Minnesota Environmental Health and Safety
Laboratory Ergonomics

Prevention of Musculoskeletal Symptoms Among Histotechnologists by using
Ergonomics And Biomechanical Analysis

NIEHS (National Institute of Environmental Health and Safety, part of NIH
(National Institutes of Health)): Health and Safety Guide to Laboratory

CDC (Center for Disease Control): Laboratory Ergonomics

I think the information from NIH and CDC would be your strongest source of
information, having the most clout.

Peggy A. Wenk, HTL(ASCP)SLS
William Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI 48073

----- Original Message -----
From: "Janice McDonald" 
Sent: Thursday, July 22, 2004 4:26 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Repetitive motion Syndrome in particular use

> I sustained an injury to my left shoulder while at
> work in the lab when I fell off a defective stool and
> landed on the floor hitting my shoulder. The insurance
> company is refusing to pay for my treatment as their
> Occupational Specialist has stated that histology work
> is not repetitive and in particular the shoulder is
> not affected.They have requested that I provide
> information to the contrary if I wish to have my case
> reviewed.We were using an older model Microm where the
> left handle came 4/5ths of the way to the top of the
> microtome which required my arm to be in a slightly
> raised position causing me considerable discomfort.The
> lab is a research lab at a medical school and all our
> staining and coverslipping were done manually in a
> large fume hood that had a lowered glass door.
> I am hoping that some-one knows or has on file any
> documented information that they can send to me
> relating to RMS in particular mentioning the shoulder
> that I can present it to the insurer.
> Thanks !
> Jan McDonald
> Skin Institute
> Lake Rd,
> Takapuna
> Auckland
> New Zealand.
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