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Document ID (ISN)106361
CIS number 07-480
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Shuval K., Donchin M.
Title Prevalence of upper extremity musculoskeletal symptoms and ergonomic risk factors at a hi-tech company in Israel
Bibliographic information June 2005, Vol.35, No.6, p.569-581. Illus. 42 ref.
Abstract This cross-sectional study examines the relationship between ergonomic risk factors and upper extremity musculoskeletal symptoms (UEMSS) in VDT workers at a software development company, while taking into account individual and organizational factors and stress. The study population of 84 workers comprised computer programmers, managers, administrators, and marketing specialists. Data on UEMSS, individual and organizational factors and stress were derived from a questionnaire, while ergonomic data were collected through two direct observations using the rapid upper limb assessment (RULA) method. Results underline the need for implementing an intervention program focusing on arm/wrist posture, and for taking into account the special needs of women and of workers working 10h a day, those working 7-9h a day with a VDT and employees experiencing discomfort at workstations.
Descriptors (primary) visual display terminals; ergonomics; upper extremity disorders; risk factors; man-computer interfaces
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; Israel; symptoms; work posture; computer terminals; hours of work; sex-linked differences; wrist; cross-sectional study; job study; stress factors; ergonomic evaluation; women; office work
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceIsrael
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)