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Motivating ergonomic computer workstation setup: sometimes training is not enough.
Sigurdsson SO; Artnak M; Needham M; Wirth O; Silverman K
Int J Occup Saf Ergon 2012 Mar; 18(1):27-33
Musculoskeletal disorders lead to pain and suffering and result in high costs to industry. There is evidence to suggest that whereas conventional ergonomics training programs result in knowledge gains, they may not necessarily translate to changes in behavior. There were 11 participants in an ergonomics training program, and a subsample of participants received a motivational intervention in the form of incentives for correct workstation setup. Training did not yield any changes in ergonomics measures for any participant. Incentives resulted in marked and durable changes in targeted workstation measures. The data suggest that improving worker knowledge about ergonomically correct workstation setup does not necessarily lead to correct workstation setup, and that motivational interventions may be needed to achieve lasting behavior change.
Ergonomics; Human-factors-engineering; Work-environment; Worker-motivation; Training; Computer-equipment; Computers; Office-equipment; Office-furniture; Behavior; Attitude; Work-operations; Injury-prevention; Posture; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Author Keywords: computer workstations; incentives; injury prevention; musculoskeletal disorders; training
S. O. Sigurdsson, University of Maryland Baltimore City, Department Psychology, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250 USA
Issue of Publication
Services; Wholesale and Retail Trade
International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division