The main page of LightoftheWorld.com now provides the video and all the links you need to download the software and purchase the labels needed to change your keyboard from QWERTY to Colemak.
While on a micro economic personal basis you may need to stop using a QWERTY keyboard to protect your health. On a macro economic basis the change will literally save the world's economy.
Conspiracy Theorists will have fun with this one: "Why is it that the only real statistics that can be found on the Internet concerning the size of the QWERTY problem are from 1994." http://www.youtube.com/
Whatever the findings the problem is huge and on a personal basis your best option is to change from QWERTY to Colemak.
Business owners, have no fear. The U.S. Navy did a cost study and the total time to get paid back for your investment in retraining workers, and new equipment is ten days. Much less than the average 31 days of missing work due to suffering from a repetitive strain injury. And from there on in it's pure profit.
And although it will be tempting to lay off workers to reap the savings a better result will come about tapping into the increased typing speed of your workers or going to a four day work week.
Here then are the facts. Remember these facts are from 1994 well before the advent of personal computers and the rise of the Internet Economy.
The U.S. Department of Labor has concluded that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the "chief occupational hazard of the 90's"-disabling workers in epidemic proportions.
Currently, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome affects over 8-million Americans.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the #1 reported medical problem, accounting for about 50% of all work-related injuries
Presently, 25% of all computer operators have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, with estimates that by the year 2000, 50% of the entire workforce may be affected.
Only 23% of all Carpal Tunnel Syndrome patients were able to return to their previous professions following surgery.
Up to 36% of all Carpal Tunnel Syndrome patients require unlimited medical trearment.
Women are twice as likely to develop Carpal Tunnel Syndrome as opposed to their male counterparts.
While women account for about 45% of all workers, they experience nearly 2/3's of all work-related Repetitive Strain Injuries.
Surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the second most common type of surgery, with well over 230,000 procedures performed annually.
More than eight million people are affected by carpal tunnel syndrome each year. Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome is the second most common type of musculoskeletal surgery, (back surgery is #1) with well over 230,000 procedures performed annually.
ONLY 23% of all carpal tunnel syndrome patients returned to their previous professions following surgery,according to the Bureau of Labor & Statistics and the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (1997-2000 Statistics).
Carpal tunnel surgery has about a 57% failure rate following patients from 1-day to 6-years. At least one of the following symptoms re-occurred during this time: Pain, Numbness, Tingling sensations. Source: Nancollas, et al, 1995. J. Hand Surgery. http://LightoftheWorld.com