HHE Report No. HETA-89-250-2046, Newsday, Inc., Melville, New York.
Burt-S; Hornung-R; Fine-LJ
NIOSH 1990 Jun:66 pages
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;
Hazard Evaluation and Technical Assistance;
NTIS Accession No.
Hazard Evaluations and Technical Assistance Branch, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations, and Field Studies, NIOSH, Cincinnati, Ohio, Report No. HETA-89-250-2046, 66 pages, 16 references