Walk-Through Survey Report, Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California, Report No. IWS-073-11.
A walk through survey was conducted at the Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California as part of a health effects evaluation associated with video display terminals. In the newspaper industry the video display terminal (VDT) is used for editorial, composing, advertising, data processing, and circulation services. Fifty six VDTs were in use at this site. Some employees lacked adequate training for VDT operation. Many complaints of visual discomfort were noted. Many VDTs were not designed for adequate physical interface with the operator. The VDTs were connected to a central system over which the operators had no control. Lighting in many areas was inadequate, resulting in excessive glare and reflections. Finally, there was a marked diversity of opinions among the employees using the VDTs. Some operators saw them as a boon to speed up production and reduce deadline pressures. Others saw them as a bane that impacted on their professional abilities negatively. The author concludes that a more thorough evaluation should be done to define the health complaints of operators and to focus on tasks and work factors related to complaints.
NIOSH-Survey; Field-Study; IWS-073-11; Region-9; Computer-equipment; Data-processing; Information-processing; Office-workers; Keyboard-operators;
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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-073-11, 2 pages