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Document ID (ISN)29320
CIS number 78-1163
Year 1977
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gunnarsson E., Ístberg O.
Title Physical and psychological working environment within a terminal based computer storage and retrieval system
Original title Fysisk och psykisk arbetsmilj÷ i ett terminalbaserat datasystem [in Swedish]
Bibliographic information Unders÷kningsrapport 1977:35, Arbetarskyddsstyrelsen, Fack, 100 26 Stockholm 34, Sweden, 1977. 46p. Illus. 20 ref.
Abstract Complaints by terminal operators are generally in references to changes in the work routines and work content which are consequences of computerisation. Physical complaints are visual strain and pain in the back, neck and wrists during long working periods at the terminal. Extensive interviews and a photographic study were used to determine the need for reducing the work periods and the need for work spectacles. Continuous intense terminal work during an 8h-day led to different types of visual strain for 75% of the operators, but further research is needed before recommendations can be made.
Descriptors (primary) information processing and retrieval; office work; computer terminals; visual tasks
Descriptors (secondary) Sweden; report; visual fatigue; visual display terminals; job study; keyboard operations; neck disorders; backache; wrist; work-rest schedules
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Subject(s) Other industries and occupations
Broad subject area(s)
Browse category(ies) Safety and health information
Office work
Visual display terminals (VDTs)