|Document ID (ISN)||102933|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
|Convention or series no.
||Ketola R., Toivonen R., Häkkänen M., Luukkonen R., Takala E.P., Viikari-Juntura E.
||Effects of ergonomic intervention in work with video display units
||Feb. 2002, Vol.28, No.1, p.18-24. Illus. 22 ref.
||This study evaluated the effect of an intensive ergonomic approach and education on workstation changes and musculoskeletal disorders among workers who used a video display unit (VDU). The 124 subjects were allocated into three groups (intensive ergonomics, ergonomic education, reference) using stratified random sampling. The evaluation involved questionnaires, a diary of discomfort, measurements of workload and an ergonomic rating of the workstations. The intensive and training groups showed less musculoskeletal discomfort than the reference group after two months of follow-up. Positive effects were seen primarily for the shoulder, neck and upper back areas. Both the intensive ergonomics approach and education in ergonomics help reduce discomfort in VDU work. In attempts to improve the physical ergonomics of VDU workstations, the best result will be achieved with cooperative planning in which both workers and practitioners are actively involved.
||workplace design; physical workload; safety and health training; musculoskeletal diseases; office work; visual display terminals
||Finland; posture recording; ergonomics; questionnaire survey; upper extremity disorders; comfort assessment; workload assessment; workers' participation; case-control study
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Finland|
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
||Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Visual display terminals (VDTs)