Lack of sufficient breaks has been shown in many studies to be an important risk factor in the development of work related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) in computer users. There now exists a strong body of evidence from the last 15-20 years showing that the introduction of breaks, micropauses (micro-breaks, and exercises into the work routine of computer users leads to a decrease in complaints, and, in some cases, an increase in productivity also. As a result, the importance of taking regular breaks when using the computer is now universally acknowledged, and is even a part of many OSH standards and guidelines covering computer users.
However, ensuring that computer users actually take sufficient breaks continues to be a challenge for many employers. Despite educating users on the importance of breaks, it is very common for users to become engrossed in their work, or to bow to work pressures, and skip breaks. To help address this issue tools known as Stretch-Break software or Breaks and Exercise software have been developed by Wellnomics Ltd. This software is installed on each user's computer and continuously monitors the users mouse and keyboard activity. The software can then monitor if sufficient breaks are being taken, and can prompt the user at appropriate times to take breaks. Such software can provide feedback to the user to help them regulate their workload. Other features can also be provided, including stretches or exercises to promote muscle recovery, and warnings when recommended work limits are reached.
The potential benefits from stretch-break software are:
- A reduced incidence of pain and discomfort complaints.
- A reduction in Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorder (WMSD) or RSI injury statistics.
- An increase in productivity.
Wellnomics has been producing the WorkPace break software since 1996 and has recently developed a wider-reaching software suite to assess and manage the risks faced by computer users in the workplace.
At any one time Wellnomics is involved with numerous scientific studies on computer use in the office environment around the world. Projects to date include the Danish NUDATA and IT-ANV studies and the Dutch PROMO study. Wellnomics has worked closely with the TNO research institute in the Netherlands to ensure the integrity of the risk algorithms on which the WorkPace and Wellnomics Risk Management software is based. All of this extensive research allows Wellnomics to make a measurable improvement to health and safety outcomes and ensure clients receive tangible returns on investment.
Wellnomics Risk Management software is currently used by injury prevention conscious organisations throughout North America, Europe and Australasia, including Global 1000 organisations such as Chevron, Shell, BP, ING Bank, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Pacific Gas and Electric, Cap Gemini, Nike, Philips, Boeing, and Eli Lilly.
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