Walk-Through Survey Report, Blue Shield/Blue Cross of California, San Francisco, California, Report No. IWS-073-10.
A walk through survey was conducted at the Blue Shield/Blue Cross facility in San Francisco, California as part of a health effects evaluation associated with video display terminals (VDT) and cathode ray tubes (CRT). The work process at the facility was described. Three CRT operators were interviewed in depth; other employees were questioned briefly. Symptoms reported included eye strain and headaches. Among other eye symptoms were difficulty in focusing, seeing spots, and pressure behind the eyeball after CRT work. The work stations were cluttered with equipment and coding books which made adequate positioning of VDT screens and keyboards very difficult. Work procedures such as rest breaks were not properly used. Lighting in some areas was inadequate. In general there was no preemployment physical or periodic medical examination. It was felt that making detailed radiation exposure measurements in the ultraviolet, ionizing, visible and radiofrequency bands should not be extremely difficult and would interfere very little with the work process at this site.
NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; Region-9; IWS-073-10; Computer-equipment; Keyboard-operators; Office-workers; Eye-disorders; Job-stress;
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Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. IWS-073-10, 4 pages