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Document ID (ISN)66361
CIS number 96-1130
ISSN - Serial title 1080-3548 - International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
Year 1995
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hermans V., Spaepen A.
Title Perceived discomfort and electromyographic activity of the upper trapezius while working at a VDT station
Bibliographic information 1995, Vol.1, No.3, p.208-214. Illus. 20 ref.
Abstract Subjective muscular fatigue was evaluated for 10 female VDT workers over a working day; 5 workers had previous musculoskeletal problems in the shoulder-neck region, 5 had not. Electromyographic activity of the upper right and left trapezius was measured. The subjective scores for the shoulder were significantly higher for the group with complaints. The activity of the trapezius increased for both groups, with no significant differences between the groups. A reduction in load intensity by the introduction of frequent short breaks in continuous activity should be considered even for tasks with low static loads.
Descriptors (primary) visual display terminals; workload assessment; office work; musculoskeletal diseases
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; muscle contractor activity; electromyography; workbreaks; data processing; fatigue
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceBelgium
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Office work
Visual display terminals (VDTs)