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Document ID (ISN)101631
CIS number 03-941
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Nevala-Puranen N., Pakarinen K., Louhevaara V.
Title Ergonomic intervention on neck, shoulder and arm symptoms of newspaper employees in work with visual display units
Bibliographic information Jan. 2003, Vol.31, No.1, p.1-10. Illus. 33 ref.
Abstract Shoulder and arm symptoms are typical in work with visual display units (VDUs) among newspaper employees. The aim of this study was to compare the effects of various ergonomic intervention models on neck, shoulder and arm symptoms among these exposed workers. In total, 20 newspaper employees participated in the study. Work posture, modes of monitor viewing, muscular activity, and subjective assessments of musculoskeletal pain were recorded before and after the seven-month intervention. Difference was statistically significant between the groups for the change in shoulder flexion and the muscular activity of right trapezius and right extensor carpi radials in the pre- and post-intervention measurements. The reduction of pain symptoms in the neck, shoulders and elbows was greater in the group where redesign measures involved both the work environment and work techniques than in the group where they involved only the environment.
Descriptors (primary) symptoms; computer terminals; ergonomic evaluation; journalism; musculoskeletal diseases
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; workplace design; equipment layout; posture recording; muscular work; electromyography; ergonomics; neck disorders; cervicobrachial syndrome; shoulder; job study; work posture
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
New technologies
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Communications industry
Office work
Visual display terminals (VDTs)