Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics Laboratory

Welcome to OSU's College of Public Health and Human Sciences Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics 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.

Find the Best Phone-Screen Size for You

Jay Kim and others studying tablets have found a correlation between typing speed and size of virtual keys.

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Virtual reality, real injuries: OSU study shows how to reduce physical risk in VR

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?

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Uncovering clues to alleviate bodily stress from heavy equipment vehicles

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.”

Rock 'n' roll

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.

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Mind your back - and well-being

Researcher breaks down ergonomics for the home office. Here are helpful tips on 'home ergonomics' to reduce pain while working from home.

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Understanding the injury risks associated with commercial fishing

Researchers at Oregon State University are working on better understanding and preventing injuries associated with commercial fishing.

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