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Document ID (ISN)108756
CIS number 08-1117
Year 2007
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report 561
Author(s) Melrose A.S., Graveling R.A., Cowie H., Ritchie P., Hutchison P., Mulholland R.M.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Better display screen equipment (DSE) work-related ill health data
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2007. viii, 145p. Illus. 82 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract A variety of ill-health symptoms have been associated with working at screens, including musculoskeletal disorders, mental stress and visual fatigue. The objective of this project was to collect information on the extent of such ill health through a survey of employees working at screens. It compared the data with those of scientific literature. The survey found high prevalences of self-reported symptoms including headaches (52%), eye discomfort (58%), neck (47%), back (37%) and shoulder (39%) pain. Most of the workers reporting symptoms did not take any time off work. These findings are broadly consistent with other studies in the literature.
Descriptors (primary) visual displays; United Kingdom; symptoms; health hazards; office work; man-computer interfaces; computer terminals
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; subjective assessment; report; migraine; visual fatigue; frequency rates; mental health; neck disorders; backache; shoulder; survey; musculoskeletal diseases
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) New technologies
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Physiology, ergonomics
Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Office work
Visual display terminals (VDTs)