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Statistics of Computer Related Injuries:

A Bangalore survey found that over 50 percent developed CRI within one year of starting their IT career, clearly suggesting a lack of knowledge about CRI and how to protect their body from injuries.

The commonest predisposing ergonomic factors were lack of appropriate breaks (86 percent); improper monitor height (60 percent); keeping the mouse at a higher than recommended height (54 percent); resting the arm or wrist on a hard surface while typing (42 percent); and keeping the keyboard too high (40 percent).

It was found that out of 50 HR departments of IT and IT Enabled companies surveyed in a study in June 2003 by Express Computer only three had HR Policies for RSI. Furthermore, only seven companies had conducted RSI awareness programmes, [Express Computer]

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CRI affects mental and physical well being and impairs productivity. Unlike many other work-related situations that effect health, however, CRI can be virtually eliminated by taking a few simple, inexpensive precautions. With a large number of people using computers daily and the number growing each day, such steps are well worth it.

Graph depicting percentage of symptoms in CRI suffers

The commonest predisposing ergonomic factors were lack of appropriate breaks (86 percent); improper monitor height (60 percent); keeping the mouse at a higher than recommended height (54 percent); resting the arm or wrist on a hard surface while typing (42 percent); and keeping the keyboard too high (40 percent).

Reference : www.expressitpeople.com

A survey of 500 software professionals at Hyderabad in 2000 revealed that over 50% had symptoms of established RSI.(www.expresshealthcaremgmt.com)

It was found that out of 50 HR departments of IT and IT Enabled companies surveyed in a study in June 2003 by Express Computer only three had HR Policies for RSI. Furthermore, only seven companies had conducted RSI awareness programmes, [Express Computer]

A study says 950 patients countrywide, found three out of four people reporting CRI. "Though the syndrome has just begun to be noticed here, worldwide CRI accounts for the loss of nearly 25 million man-hours per year".


(Source: Times of India March 26, 2003)

Another study says, "Nearly four out of 10 patients complain of CRI and most of them are young professionals in the age group of 25-40".

CRI affects mental and physical well being and impairs productivity. Unlike many other work-related situations that effect health, however, CRI can be virtually eliminated by taking a few simple, inexpensive precautions. With a large number of people using computers daily and the number growing each day, such steps are well worth it.

Thus CRI forms a major problem area related to occupational stress. It is growing menace and studies have reported the tip of iceberg. If is thus mandatory for health professionals to find out the depth of iceberg which has to be rectified at an appropriate time.

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