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Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-90-013-2277, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, California.
Bernard BP; Fine LJ; Sauter S
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, HETA 90-013-2277, 1993 Jan; :1-119
In response to a request from the management of the Los Angeles Times, (SIC-2711) an investigation was made of the occurrence of work related musculoskeletal disorders among workers using video display terminals at the facilities located in Los Angeles and in Costa Mesa, California. Of 1050 eligible employees, 973 participated in the study. Symptoms meeting the case definition for at least one upper extremity work related disorder were reported by 395 of the participants. The most common symptoms were problems of the neck (26%), the hand/wrist (22%), the shoulder (17%), and the elbow (10%). The department with the largest number of employees reporting symptoms was the Circulation Department followed in decreasing order of frequency by the Accounting and Finance Department, Classified Department, and Editorial Department. Women were more likely to report symptoms. The authors conclude that a high prevalence of possibly work related musculoskeletal disorders and symptoms was observed. The authors recommend specific measures to lessen this problem at these work locations.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Health-Hazard-Evaluation; NIOSH-Technical-Assistance-Report; HETA-90-013-2277; Hazard-Confirmed; Region-9; Keyboard-operators; Office-workers; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Carpal-tunnel-syndrome; Computer-equipment; Ergonomics; Author Keywords: Newspapers, Printing and Publishing; video display terminals; office automation; ergonomics; musculoskeletal disorders; cumulative trauma disorders; repetitive motion disorders; nerve conduction testing; carpal tunnel syndrome; tendinitis; psychosocial; work stress
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