演講者：林嘉華 博士（University of Washington）
演講主題：Washington State Industry-Specific Checklists for Ergonomics Assessment
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Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, and rotator cuff syndrome are often caused by repetitive motions, awkward postures, or forceful exertions. Washington State Checklists (including caution zone and hazard zone), developed more than 20 years ago, have been widely used by practitioners to identify issues that may lead to musculoskeletal disorders. Recently, following 5-year surveillance project (funded by a NIOSH grant) a new industry-specific WMSD hazard evaluation tool has been developed and disseminated, intended to be used by employers and public/occupational health practitioners to assist them in focusing WMSD prevention efforts. Through workers' compensation claims data analysis, musculoskeletal risk assessment of jobs during company site visits, and interviews with management, labor, and injured workers themselves, the new checklists consider the nature of WMSD risk factors in manufacturing, healthcare, agriculture, services, wholesale and retail, and construction industries.
Dr. Jia-Hua Lin is a research ergonomist with the SHARP (Safety and Health Assessment of Research for Prevention) program within the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. He is appointed an affiliate associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington – Seattle. He currently serves as a scientific editor for the journal Applied Ergonomics. Dr. Lin’s research topics include physical ergonomics and occupational biomechanics, particularly in upper extremities; strength and capacity; human-tool interface; general occupational safety and health; and office ergonomics. His collaborations extend to domestic and international universities and hospitals. A member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (USA), and a BCPE (USA) certified professional ergonomist, Dr. Lin graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Ph.D. and M.S. in industrial engineering. He earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from the National Taiwan University, Taipei.