Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in ARL Libraries

Joyce K. Thornton

Abstract

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), commonly found in manufacturing operations, is spreading from this traditional haunt to nontraditional settings. Libraries are one setting where employees are sustaining an increasing number of CTS injuries. This study reports the results of a survey of the libraries holding membership in the Association of Research Libraries. Based on information obtained via a questionnaire, the study reports the incidences of CTS and the measures libraries are taking to cope with this pervasive health condition. Repeated comments from respondents also are included. This article concludes by listing recommendations to help reduce carpal tunnel syndrome.

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