Magazine article American Banker

Chase Manhattan Targets Work-Related Injuries: Says Training Will Reach All Employees

Magazine article American Banker

Chase Manhattan Targets Work-Related Injuries: Says Training Will Reach All Employees

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Chase Manhattan Corp. is rolling out a training program to teach all its employees about ergonomics.

Ergonomics usually refers to the interactions of people with their work environments. With the predominance of computers it has become a major occupational-health concern in service industries.

The "Chase Ergonomic Awareness Program" is designed to teach 34,000 employees the risk factors of ergonomic injuries, their symptoms, and preventive steps.

"We believe this program will improve comfort in the workplace and will lead to an increase in productivity and morale throughout our operation," said Linda Elwood, vice president of corporate technology and information services. "This teaches people how to get the most out of the workplace and be comfortable while they are working."

While there is not yet a national standard on ergonomics, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is in the process of developing guidelines for employers.

Cheryl Brolin, a spokeswoman at OSHA in Washington, said its guidelines will promote more productive environments and save money on work-related injuries and compensation.

"The standard will allow employers to go through a checklist to determine if they have a problem," said Ms. Brolin. "It is nonsense that people think that to provide an ergonomically sound environment entails buying all new equipment and spending lots of money. In actuality, it will allow employers to save money because it will reduce worker compensation claims."

Ms. Brolin said it is still unclear when the U. …

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