America's Aging Workforce: Ergonomic Solutions for Reducing the Risk of CTDs

McMahan,, Shari; Phillips,, Kimari
September 1999
American Journal of Health Studies;1999, Vol. 15 Issue 4, p199
Academic Journal
Abstract: IThe United States and other industrialized nations are experiencing a demographic shift toward an aging workforce. We must now address: (a) how cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) impact aging workers and (b) what potential ergonomic solutions might best reduce the debilitating effects of CTDs and reduce the tremendous cost. Because aging workers experience normal, age-related changes in the body's resilience to chronic wear and tear, they have an increased susceptibility to CTDs. In order to compensate for these normal changes, ergonomic modifications in workplace design are needed. Ergonomic solutions, emphasizing person-environment fit and a multi-disciplinary perspective, are provided throughout this paper.


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