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RIT study: Sign language interpreters at high ergonomic risk
Date:4/17/2008

educe injuries and keep much-needed skilled interpreters at work.

In developing its findings, the RIT team studied a group of interpreters and measured the physical impact of signing over a fixed time period, utilizing metrics developed for industrial settings. The team found that wrist velocity and acceleration during interpreting, factors used to measure physical impact, were more acute than the high risk limits for industrial workers. In addition, an increase in mental and cognitive stress led to a 15-19 percent increase in wrist velocity and acceleration during interpreting.

Marshall will next look to enhance this data through additional studies placing interpreters in a wide variety of settings. The information will assist in furthering understanding of the impact of sign language interpreting on repetitive stress, while also assisting organizations in developing better training programs to reduce ergonomic risk.

The ultimate goal is to enhance knowledge of the impacts of interpreting and help make the profession more conducive for workers, notes Marshall.


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Contact: Will Dube
wjduns@rit.edu
585-475-2816
Rochester Institute of Technology
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