NIOSH's newest Workplace Health & Safety Topic Web page focuses on upper-limb musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which, according to the agency, include conditions involving the nerves, tendons, muscles, and supporting structures of the upper limb. The new topic page features findings from a collaborative research program that NIOSH started in 2000 with the goal of determining the risk for work-related carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis of the forearm and wrist, and shoulder disorders. NIOSH states that the program's studies have included more than 4,000 workers in the health care, manufacturing, agriculture, forestry, and construction industries. The studies seek to determine the level of physical job demands that increase upper-limb MSDs, identify whether exposure predicts health outcomes, and guide prevention practices.
The research program includes Washington State Department of Labor and Industry; University of California, Berkeley, and the University of California, San Francisco; Washington University in St. Louis; University of Wisconsin; University of Iowa; University of Connecticut; and University of Utah.
View the Web page.