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Welcome to OSU's College of Public Health and Human Sciences Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics Research Laboratory.
We use a variety of bioinstrumentation to characterize work-related physical exposures and investigate their relationships with adverse health outcomes with an ultimate goal of promoting health and well-being at workplaces. We conduct both laboratory and field-based research studies to investigate underlying musculoskeletal injury mechanism in various work environment including computer work, VR/AR interactions, professional vehicle operation, patient handling, and commercial fishing.
Carpal tunnel, stiff shoulders, eye-strain headaches – these are all well-known side effects of prolonged computer use. But what happens when you step away from the desktop and into virtual reality?
“WBV is a leading risk factor for musculoskeletal disorders, especially low back disorders,” Jay says. “These disorders are the cause of 40 to 60 percent of all workers’ compensation claims in the nation, and the annual cost ranges from $20-$60 billion, which is almost the same as cancer.”
Jay Kim aims to improve health for drivers and equipment operators. Find how real field-measured vibration from various heavy equipment is recreated in our laboratory for biological and biomechanical studies.
Researchers at Oregon State University are working on better understanding and preventing injuries associated with commercial fishing.