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ASSE Central Florida Chapter to Host Conference in Orlando
October 5, 2009

In order to help organizations develop proactive approaches to identify and reduce exposure to risk factors that cause work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSD), the American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Central Florida Chapter will host a one-day ergonomics professional development conference (PDC) on November 4th, 2009 at the Orlando Repertory Theater. The conference will include two general sessions and four concurrent sessions covering topics on: office ergonomics; workstation design; ergonomics in construction and general industry; workers’ compensation issues around ergonomic injuries/illnesses; body techniques for ergonomic injury prevention; human factors/design; and rehabilitation after an ergonomic injury or illness.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), musculoskeletal disorders refer to injuries or illnesses affecting the connective tissues of the body such as muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage or spinal discs and accounted for 29 percent of all workplace injuries requiring time away from work in 2007. In addition, BLS noted that there were 335,390 MSDs in 2007 requiring a median of nine days away from work, two days more than the medial for all days away from work cases. However, in 2007 musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) involving days away from work declined by 21,770 cases from 2006.

To learn more about ergonomics issues, visit ASSE’s Ergonomics branch website, or go to ASSE’s Ergo Resources Project. For more information or to register for the ASSE Central Florida Chapter one-day ergonomics conference, visit the Central Florida ASSE website.

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