Re-Grip’s Ergonomics Assist with Prevention of MSDs
Ergonomics has become such an important part of occupational health that the US Department of Labor and OSHA have adopted and drafted an ergonomic standard for general industry. Even the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) got into the mix issuing the “Simple Solutions Ergonomics for Construction Workers” in 2006 (DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2007-122).
"Ergonomics" is a general term that has different meanings to different audiences. Most often, this term is applied to work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The U. S. Department of Labor defines an MSD as an injury or disorder of the muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage, and spinal discs. MSDs do not include disorders caused by slips, trips, falls, motor vehicle accidents, or similar accidents. The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes detailed characteristics for MSD cases that resulted in at least one lost day from work. MSDs accounted for 29 percent of all workplace injuries requiring time away from work in 2007.
Ergonomics is the science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population. Effective and successful "fits" assure high productivity, avoidance of illness and injury risks, and increased satisfaction among the workforce. Although the scope of ergonomics is much broader, the term here refers to assessing those work-related factors that may pose a risk of musculoskeletal disorders and recommendations to alleviate them. Common examples of ergonomic risk factors are found in jobs requiring repetitive, forceful, or prolonged exertions of the hands; frequent or heavy lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying of heavy objects; and prolonged awkward postures. Vibration and cold may add risk to these work conditions.
These US Department of Labor guidelines provide recommendations to help reduce the number and severity of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, increase employer and employee awareness of ergonomic risk factors, eliminate unsafe work practices, alleviate muscle fatigue, and increase productivity.
Re-Grip, Inc. of Lake Elsinore, California has created the ultimate solution that encompasses the ergonomic goal for reaching some of these benefits listed in most of these recommendations. Re-Grip handle grips assist in maintaining control of tools and is achieved by improving the handle grips for non slip, cold resistance qualities, redistributing bad energy caused by impact and excessive vibration. It also assist in minimizes safety risk and REM (Repetitive Motion) disorders.
Replacement grips are usually specific to a particular tool or application and difficult to install. This product can fit any handle that is cylindrical or semi-cylindrical. Its applications include tools like hammers and sledges, lawn and garden items like shovels and wheelbarrows, jackhammers and other pneumatic tools, industrial applications like levers and wrenches, everyday household items like brooms and brushes, and so much more. “Its versatility is what makes it such a great product” says Jude Butterwegge, Superintendent of a Southern California General Contract Company. “Almost everyone on my crew has a Re-Grip on at least one of their tools; some have them on multiple tools. Each one of them will attest that it really makes a difference when it comes to fatigue or the aches and pains of working on a construction site all day. Re-Grip has really made a positive impact and I would recommend it to anyone in the construction industry”.