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Work. 2005;24(1):53-62.

Effectiveness of computer ergonomics interventions for an engineering company: a program evaluation.

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Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH 44115, USA. g.goodman@csuohio.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Ergonomic principles at the computer workstation may reduce the occurrence of work related injuries commonly associated with intensive computer use. A program implemented in 2001 by an occupational therapist and a physical therapist utilized these preventative measures with education about ergonomics, individualized evaluations of computer workstations, and recommendations for ergonomic and environmental changes.

METHOD:

This study examined program outcomes and perceived effectiveness based on review of documents, interviews, and surveys of the employees and the plant manager.

RESULTS:

The program was deemed successful as shown by 59% of all therapist recommendations and 74% of ergonomic recommendations being implemented by the company, with an 85% satisfaction rate for the ergonomic interventions and an overall employee satisfaction rate of 70%. Eighty-one percent of the physical problems reported by employees were resolved to their satisfaction one year later.

CONCLUSION:

Successful implementation of ergonomics programs depend upon effective communication and education of the consumers, and the support, cooperation and collaboration of management and employees.

PMID:
15706072
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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