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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-80-127-1337, The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Maryland. Report of a cross-sectional survey of video display terminal (VDT) users at the Baltimore Sun.

Authors
Smith AB; Tanaka S; Halperin W; Richards RD
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 80-127-1337, 1982 Sep; :1-33
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00131976
Abstract
A survey was conducted of video display terminal (VDT) users at the Baltimore Sun Newspaper (SIC-3651), Baltimore, Maryland. An evaluation request came from a representative of the Newspaper Guild, AFL/CIO, representing 283 of the 379 employees surveyed. Each participant answered a questionnaire and received a complete eye examination. The employees were complaining of eye problems such as blurred vision, headaches, backaches, neck pain, and incidences of cataracts. Assessment by factor analysis showed a positive association between: bothersome visual aspects of the VDT and headaches associated with work; changes in eye function; headache with eye irritation, runny nose, sweating, and blurred vision; and muscular pain and stiffness. Lighting characteristics were also associated with muscle pain and stiffness. Eye shifting during VDT operation caused superficial headaches that were unilateral at onset, but spread bilaterally. The authors conclude that the issue of cataracts associated with VDT use was not resolved by their study. Future emphasis should be placed on characteristics of workplace lighting and VDT visual characteristics. Adjustments are required in workplace and terminal design.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-80-127-1337; Hazards-Unconfirmed; Region-3; Newspapers; Fluorescence-spectrometry; Questionnaires; Work-practices; Computer-equipment; Eye-strain; Visual-images; Equipment-design; Lighting-systems; Video display terminals; Cross sectional studies; Author Keywords: Video Display Terminals; VDTs; Cataracts; Eye Problems; Headaches; Back and Neck Aches
Publication Date
19820901
Document Type
Field Studies; Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Fiscal Year
1982
NTIS Accession No.
PB83-195149
NTIS Price
A04
Identifying No.
HETA-80-127-1337
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
SIC Code
3651
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
MD; OH
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