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Document ID (ISN)110775
CIS number 10-0420
ISSN - Serial title 0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Bidassie B., McGlothlin J.D., Goh A., Feyen R.G., Barany J.W.
Title Limited economic evaluation to assess the effectiveness of a university-wide office ergonomics program
Bibliographic information May 2010, Vol.41, No.4, p.417-427. Illus. 29 ref.
Abstract The objective of this research was to evaluate the effectiveness of an office ergonomics programme at a major university in the United States. The relationship between office-related recordable injuries, reported lost time, severity of these injuries, and the workers' compensation paid was analyzed and the corresponding incident cost was calculated from 1995 to 2007. Since the beginning of the office ergonomics programme, the number of office cumulative trauma disorder (CTD) cases decreased by 53%. Since the official start (in 1999) of a 50-50 cost share agreement for office equipment purchases between the university's Safety and Health Department (SHD) and the university departments evaluated, it was observed that the incident rate decreased by 63%, lost time decreased by 71% and office-related carpal tunnel syndrome decreased by almost 50%. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) office work; musculoskeletal diseases; ergonomics; educational institutions; economic aspects
Descriptors (secondary) USA; sickness absenteeism; carpal-tunnel syndrome; repetitive strain injury; programme evaluation; frequency rates
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Economic aspects
Office work