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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-89-250-2046, Newsday, Inc., Melville, New York.
Burt S; Hornung R; Fine LJ
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 89-250-2046, 1990 Jun; :1-66
In response to a request from the Graphics Communication International Union and the Management of Newsday, Inc. (SIC-2711), Melville, New York, a study was undertaken of cumulative trauma disorders (CDT) among employees. Newsday published a daily newspaper and employed about 4,600 persons at several offices on Long Island, New York, and in New York City. A survey was conducted to estimate the prevalence of CTD among the employees, determine whether CTD symptoms occurred more often in particular jobs or departments, and determine whether there was any relation between the use of computer keyboards or other job related factors and CTD symptoms in this group of workers. Of the 834 participating employees, 331 (40%) reported symptoms consistent with upper extremity CTDs during the past year. The most prevalent were hand/wrist symptoms followed by symptoms of the neck, elbows/forearm, and shoulder. The authors conclude that a hazard for upper extremity cumulative trauma disorders existed at these facilities. The authors recommend establishing a joint labor management committee to oversee ergonomic control measures, early recognition of symptoms, and evaluation of the effectiveness of interventions.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-89-250-2046; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-2; Ergonomics; Office-workers; Office-equipment; Computer-equipment; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Keyboard-operators; Author Keywords: Newspapers, Printing and Publishing; reporters; video display terminals; office automation; cumulative trauma disorder; carpal tunnel syndrome; tendinitis
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