REVIEW OF HEALTH AND SAFETY ASPECTS OF VIDEO DISPLAY TERMINALS

Authors
  1. Treurniet, W.C.
Corporate Authors
Communications Research Centre, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The paper reviews the factors that contribute to worker complaints when video display terminals are introduced into the workplace. Survey data from field experiments indicate that a number of ergonomic factors and job characteristics can contribute to reports of discomfort from VDT users. Specifically, reports of visual discomfort are related to improper ambient lighting (which can cause bothersome reflections and contrast glare), poor display quality, and ophthalmological deficiencies. Reports of muscle pain and fatigue are related to poor workstation design such as improper heights of chair, keyboard, and display screen, and absence of source document holder, and no support for the forearms and wrists. The literature suggests further that the frequency of such complaints is influenced by the worker's attitude regarding the job. TRUNCATED
Report Number
TN-712-E —
Date of publication
15 Feb 1982
Number of Pages
37
DSTKIM No
82-01177
CANDIS No
35758
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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