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In: Lueder, R (1996) A Proposed RULA for Computer Users. Proceedings of the Ergonomics Summer Workshop, UC Berkeley Center for Occupational & Environmental Health Continuing Education Program, San Francisco, August 8-9, 1996. Humanics ErgoSystems, Inc. Humanics ErgoSystems, Inc. A Proposed RULA for Computer Users Rani Lueder, CPE Humanics ErgoSystems, Inc. 1 Acknowledgments: This writer wishes to express gratitude to Dr. Nigel Corlett and Dr. Lynn McAtamney for their valuable assistance and collaboration. The Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA) was developed by Dr. Lynn McAtamney and Dr. Nigel Corlett of the University of Nottingham's Institute of Occupational Ergonomics. It was first described in a 1993 issue of the journal Applied Ergonomics 2 . This ergonomic technique evaluates individuals' exposures to postures, forces and muscle activities that have been shown to contribute to Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs). Use of this ergonomic evaluation approach results in a risk score between one and seven, where higher scores signify greater levels of apparent risk. A low RULA score does not guarantee that the workplace is free of ergonomic hazards, and a high score does not assure that a severe problem exists. It was developed to detect work postures or risk factors that deserve further attention. In collaboration with Rani Lueder, Drs. Corlett and Barson recently refined the RULA for a specific application. These changes were established to increase its' relevance for evaluating computer work. This version was incorporated into an expert system.
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