January 28, 2014 10:53 AM Subscribe
Should I be contacting my Occupational Health clinic for an computer-related injury?
posted by otherwordlyglow to Work & Money (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a jacked up shoulder/neck due to a jacked up workstation. I had a sit-stand desk installed by my employer at my request using employer-recommended equipment. It sucks and I've had it for about a year now and about 10 months in I started having really bad shoulder and neck pain. I finally realized that the adjustable-height desk is the problem. the monitor can't go low enough so my head is always strained.
I contacted my supervisor to have it assessed and adjusted in December and both the equipment specialist that came out and the ergonomics evaluator agree that my workstation is not right for me and that the monitor is at the wrong height and the keyboard tray it too high and a bunch of other things. And as it turns out, they no longer recommend the equipment that I have because it doesn't offer enough flexibility or a range of positions for anyone sorter or taller than average. So the wheels are in motion to get me a new workstation. That's all fine and good.
In the mean time, they've noted that since I've complained about pain in my neck and shoulder, I have the option to contact the occupational health program and clinic to report my problem. Should I? What benefit is there to me? I had a physical with my regular doctor in the last month and I mentioned the issue and she suggested some stretches but otherwise I haven't done anything except take a lot of ibuprofin. Is there a reason for me to report the issue to occupational health? My supervisor seems to be taking it seriously and is acting accordingly. I don't want to cause a commotion and don't expect to need to take time off or anything.