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Web-based office ergonomic intervention on work-related complaints

Meinert, M. (2012) Web-based office ergonomic intervention on work-related complaints.

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Abstract:Previous research has shown that office ergonomic training by experts can result in a reduction of employees’ work-related complaints. The aim of the present study was to examine the effects of an office ergonomic intervention on self-reported musculoskeletal disorders, headache symptoms and eye strain. For this purpose, a website was established, presenting information and a guidance tool in a simple way for individual ergonomic adjustments of computer workstations. Employees in an office department had the task to adjust their computer workplaces on the basis of the provided information. Results indicate that 96% of the employees adapted their workplaces. Moreover, self-reported musculoskeletal disorders and headache symptoms decreased after the intervention significantly. The study pointed out that the established website is a cost-effective and simple alternative to expensive and time-consuming expert training for improving ergonomics and health in offices.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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