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The effects of ergonomics training on the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of teleworkers.
J Saf Res 2004 Jan; 35(1):13-22
PROBLEM: The rapid growth of teleworking has raised several social and legal issues regarding an employer's responsibility for the safety of an employee's home office. In this paper, researchers discuss the need for safety training for teleworkers and the effectiveness of a home office ergonomics training program. METHOD: Study participants (N = 50) were randomly assigned into a treatment or control group. The treatment group completed the ergonomics training and a pre- and posttest. The control group completed the pre- and posttests without training. RESULTS: The study demonstrated the need for teleworker ergonomics training. More than 85% of participants had not received teleworker training before, and 44% had experienced pain or discomfort while teleworking. Participants who completed the training significantly improved their scores on knowledge, attitude, and practices subtests. In a follow-up survey, participants indicated that they had made ergonomic changes to their offices based on the training. Several participants indicated that the pain or discomfort that they had been experiencing was eliminated or reduced as a result of the training.
Occupational-health; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Training; Occupational-hazards; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Health-hazards; Risk-factors; Work-environment; Ergonomics
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Issue of Publication
Research Tools and Approaches: Intervention Effectiveness Research
Journal of Safety Research
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