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Special Education Ergonomics

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Special Education Ergonomics Caring for the Caregivers

The School Districts Insurance Consortium (SDIC); 1Source Safety and Health, Inc.; and Coastal Training Technologies, Inc., recently worked together to develop a DVD entitled Special Education Ergonomics: Saving Your Back. Providing education to students with physical and/or mental disabilities can be a very demanding job. This DVD was developed to help identify ways to prevent the caregivers providing these services from developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD).

Special Education Ergonomics: Caring for the CaregiversHow significant of a problem is it? SDIC is a nonprofit workers’ compensation administration and claims service for public school districts, currently comprising 80 school districts in Pennsylvania. It has 4 intermediate units that are the primary caregivers to these students. At these intermediate units, WMSD account for 29% of the total workers’ compensation claims and 27% of the total workers’ compensation cost. The total workers’ compensation costs for one year were $998,000. The DVD helps to identify methods to reduce the potential for disorder development through proper facility design, purchase and use of mechanical transfer aids, planning of transfers, body mechanics, and other approaches. It can be purchased from Coastal Training Technologies, Inc. (, 800.725.3418)

Colin J. Brigham, the Certified Professional Ergonomist at 1Source Safety and Health, Inc., who worked in developing this product, made a presentation titled “Special Education Ergonomics: Addressing the Needs within 80 School Districts” at the American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition in June 2007. This conference had about 9,000 attendees. His presentation was selected as the Ergonomics Committee Best Podium Session.

Mr. Brigham, CIH, CSP, CPE, can be reached at 610.524.5525, ext 24, or via email and is available to discuss your specific ergonomic needs.