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Motivating ergonomic computer workstation setup: sometimes training is not enough.

Authors
Sigurdsson-SO; Artnak-M; Needham-M; Wirth-O; Silverman-K
Source
Int J Occup Saf Ergon 2012 Jan-Mar; 18(1):27-33
NIOSHTIC No.
20040779
Abstract
Musculoskeletal disorders lead to pain and suffering and result in high costs to industry. There is evidence to suggest that whereas conventional ergonomics training programs result in knowledge gains, they may not necessarily translate to changes in behavior. There were 11 participants in an ergonomics training program, and a subsample of participants received a motivational intervention in the form of incentives for correct workstation setup. Training did not yield any changes in ergonomics measures for any participant. Incentives resulted in marked and durable changes in targeted workstation measures. The data suggest that improving worker knowledge about ergonomically correct workstation setup does not necessarily lead to correct workstation setup, and that motivational interventions may be needed to achieve lasting behavior change.
Keywords
Ergonomics; Human-factors-engineering; Work-environment; Worker-motivation; Training; Computer-equipment; Computers; Office-equipment; Office-furniture; Behavior; Attitude; Work-operations; Injury-prevention; Posture; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Author Keywords: computer workstations; incentives; injury prevention; musculoskeletal disorders; training
Contact
S. O. Sigurdsson, University of Maryland Baltimore City, Department Psychology, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250 USA
CODEN
IJOEF2
Publication Date
20120101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
sos@umbc.edu
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1080-3548
NIOSH Division
HELD
Priority Area
Services; Wholesale and Retail Trade
Source Name
International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
State
MD; DC
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