got the below from www.thestar.com.my
Thousands of computer users injure upper limbs
KUALA LUMPUR: About 10,000 Malaysians, who use computers in their workplace, suffer upper limb injuries annually.
Socso statistics showed the number of cases involving injuries in the upper limb, especially fingers and hands, reached about 10,000 every year and the number of back injury cases at about 2,000.
In response to this, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (Niosh) proposed the need to apply ergonomics in workplaces.
Niosh chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said industries that implemented ergonomics programmes reported a significant drop in accidents, injuries, illnesses and healthcare cost and increased productivity, work efficiency, product quality and higher worker morale.
Ergonomics integrating knowledge, derived from human sciences to match jobs, systems, products and environment to the physical and mental abilities and limitations, was a relatively new field in Malaysia in comparison with advanced countries like Japan, the United States and Canada, he said in a statement.
“Nevertheless, the philosophy, essence, principle and concepts of ergonomics are clearly important to humans at work and to disregard it would be a handicap in efforts to promote occupational safety and health at the workplace,” he said. – Bernama