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A field intervention examining the impact of an office ergonomics training and a highly adjustable chair on visual symptoms in a public sector organization.

Authors
Amick-BC III; Menendez-CC; Bazzani-L; Robertson-M; DeRango-K; Rooney-T; Moore-A
Source
Appl Ergon 2012 May; 43(3):625-631
NIOSHTIC No.
20040273
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: Examine the effect of a multi-component office ergonomics intervention on visual symptom reductions. METHODS: Office workers were assigned to either a group receiving a highly adjustable chair with office ergonomics training (CWT), a training-only group (TO) or a control group (C). A work environment and health questionnaire was administered 2 and 1 month(s) pre-intervention and 3, 6, and 12 months post-intervention. Multi-level statistical models tested hypotheses. RESULTS: The CWT intervention lowered daily visual symptoms (p < 0.01) post-intervention. The TO group did not significantly differ from the control group. The CWT group differed significantly from the TO group (p = 0.01) post-intervention. CONCLUSION: Workers who received a highly adjustable chair and office ergonomics training had reduced visual symptoms and the effect was maintained through twelve months post-intervention. The lack of a training-only group effect supports implementing training in conjunction with the highly adjustable chair to reduce visual symptoms.
Keywords
Office-furniture; Ergonomics; Work-environment; Workers; Humans; Men; Women; Questionnaires; Models; Visual-fields; Eye-strain; Eyes; Surveillance; Author Keywords: Office ergonomics intervention; Visual symptoms; Multi-level modeling
Contact
Benjamin C. Amick III, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, 1200 Herman Pressler, Houston, TX 77030
CODEN
AERGBW
Publication Date
20120501
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
bamick@iwh.on.ca
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008421; B02172012
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0003-6870
NIOSH Division
DSR
Priority Area
Construction; Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities
Source Name
Applied Ergonomics
State
TX; WV; ME; MA; MI
Performing Organization
University of Texas, Health Science Center, Houston, Texas
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