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Document ID (ISN)109050
CIS number 09-212
ISSN - Serial title 0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Robertson M., Amick B.C., DeRango K., Rooney T., Bazzani L., Harrist R., Moore A.
Title The effects of an office ergonomics training and chair intervention on worker knowledge, behavior and musculoskeletal risk
Bibliographic information Jan. 2009, Vol.40, No.1, p.124-135. Illus. 38 ref.
Abstract A field intervention study was undertaken to examine the effects of office ergonomics training coupled with the supply of an adjustable chair on office workers' knowledge of musculoskeletal risks. A total of 216 office workers were assigned to one of three groups: a group receiving the training and adjustable chair, a training-only group, and a control group. Pre and post-training knowledge tests were administered to all those who attended the training. Body postures and workstation set-ups were observed before and after the intervention. Perceived control over the physical work environment was higher for both intervention groups as compared to workers in the control group. Significant improvements in ergonomic knowledge and behaviour were observed for the intervention groups, who also had lower musculoskeletal risks than the control group. However, the effect of the chair was non conclusive.
Descriptors (primary) work posture; musculoskeletal diseases; safety and health training; office work; ergonomics
Descriptors (secondary) safety consciousness; seats; comparative study; safe working methods; programme evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
OSH training
Office work
Work posture