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Document ID (ISN)105091
CIS number 06-731
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Babski-Reeves K., Stanfield J., Hughes L.
Title Assessment of video display workstation set up on risk factors associated with the development of low back and neck discomfort
Bibliographic information July 2005, Vol.35, No.7, p.593-604. Illus. 33 ref.
Abstract This study investigated the effect of monitor height and chair type on low back and neck muscle activity, perceived level of discomfort and posture shifts among visual display terminal operators. The ergonomic benefits of chairs in different price ranges were also examined. The findings indicate that the interaction of monitor height and chair type significantly affects musculoskeletal loads. Task demands also play an important role in the loads, posture fixity and level of discomfort reported. Therefore, the location of visual display equipment and chair selection should be based on task demands. In general, no significant differences were identified between high and low cost chairs, again supporting the recommendation that chair selection be based on task demands.
Descriptors (primary) computer terminals; seats; ergonomic evaluation; backache; neck disorders
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; muscle contractor activity; comfort assessment; office work; sitting posture
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Office work
Visual display terminals (VDTs)
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system