Ergonomics, Software and Geophysical Interpretation Conference Paper uri icon


  • Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) negatively impacts the health and productivity of individuals and corporations. In 2006 the Bureau of Labor and Statistics reported that Repetitive Strain Injuries accounted for 30% of total workplace injuries and illnesses in America. RSI burdens American employers with annual costs as high as twenty billion dollars [2]. Many companies operate internal programs that attempt to mitigate the risk of RSI to improve the health and well being of their employees. Existing corporate programs typically focus on physical workstation set up and mechanisms that assist workers to take breaks at regular intervals. These strategies can be successful but they require active participation from workers to be effective and they do not examine one of the fundamental activities users perform while sitting at a computer, which is interacting with computer software. ExxonMobil1, Schlumberger, University of Houston-Clear Lake and Rice University have joined efforts to develop tools that can be used to measure and understand computer software's impact on the incidents of RSI. One of our primary goals is to create a short survey that measures software's potential impact on RSL When companies are considering purchasing software, decision makers can use the survey measurements as part of their efforts to manage and mitigate the risk of RSI more effectively. Companies that design software for internal or external distribution can also make use of this information to design software that is more ergonomic.

author list (cited authors)

  • Wood, S. B., Peres, S. C., Akladios, M., Kortum, P., & Muddimer, A.

citation count

  • 0

publication date

  • January 2009