About Ergomatters

Ergomatters was formed in 2006 by Alan Forsyth. Alan is a qualified (BEng[Hons]) Electronics Engineer. He has worked in the electronics industry for nearly 20 years, holding a variety of different engineering roles including, Process Engineer, Product Engineer, Design Engineer and CAD Engineer. He has lived and worked in both the US and the UK, and has been based in Argyll, Scotland since 2003.

Over the duration of his career, Alan has continually used a multitude of different computer systems before being afflicted with a serious Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). He has now lived for over 10 years with this injury, has been through numerous treatments, monitoring and physical therapy, with limited or no improvement. In 2006, he had to make the difficult decision to terminate his engineering career due to this injury.

The injury is a painful and debilitating condition that affects life on a daily basis. Today, only 5 minutes' computer use can cause the pain to become intolerable.

Over the course of ten years of living with the injury, he has been able to analyse the key mistakes made. He has obtained an acute awareness of ergonomic principles and practices and has turned all of these learnings into a presentation format that can be used by employers to

educate their workforce about the dangers and risks of Repetitive Strain Injuries.

Alan has a keen interest in educating others about the dangers presented when using computer equipment and highlights that it is every individual's own responsibility to maintain their health in today's computer-intensive work environments.

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