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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-329-1246, Social Security Administration, Baltimore, Maryland.

Authors
Smith-MJ; Dainoff-MJ; Cohen-BG; Bierbaum-DS
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 82-329-1246, 1983 Jan; :1-23
NIOSHTIC No.
00127585
Abstract
Worker complaints of blurred vision, headache, dizziness, neck and back pain, and nausea were investigated on July 13 to 16, 1982 at the Social Security Administration (SIC-9190) in Baltimore, Maryland. The investigation was requested by an unspecified individual on behalf of about 300 workers exposed to video display terminals (VDTs). Ergonomic evaluations were made, workers were given symptom questionnaires, and 32 employees were given visual function tests. Illumination levels at the workstations were highly variable, glare was a significant problem, keyboard heights were improper, and work chairs could not be adjusted adequately. Characters on the VDT screens occasionally were blurry, flickering, moving, or presented in insufficient contrast. The workers reported a wide variety of health complaints, mostly involving visual and muscular discomfort. Visual defects were found in 12 of the 32 workers tested. The authors conclude that potential health problems due to VDT use do exist at this facility. They recommend workstation adjustment, routine VDT repair and maintenance, and visual testing for VDT operators.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; Hazards-Confirmed; Work-practices; Clinical-symptoms; Work-analysis; Environmental-stress; Eye-function-tests; Fatigue; Mental-stress; Physical-stress; Visual-perception; Office-workers; HETA-82-329-1246; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; Region-3; Author Keywords: Federal Government; video display terminal; VDT; health complaints; job stress; visual disorders
Publication Date
19830101
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1983
NTIS Accession No.
PB84-173822
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
HETA-82-329-1246
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
9190
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MD; OH
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