Project: A study of the relationship between ergonomic awareness and the prevalence of computer related disorders among full time staff at the University of Glamorgan

Completed but not published

This project was submitted on 03/07/2014

The aim of this study was to establish whether a relationship exists between ergonomic awareness and the prevalence of computer related disorders among full time staff at the University of Glamorgan. Physical measurements, observation and questionnaire were used in the collection of data. A total of 106 respondents completed the questionnaires and the measurements and observation were carried out on 12 workstations. The university was chosen for this study because the researcher noticed from observation that most members of staff do not adopt the proper posture at their workstations and the posittioning of some of the computer hardware is usually inappropriate. Furthermore, by interacting with the staff, most of them indicated that they frequently suffer from neck and back pain. One of the objectives of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of online display screen equipment (DSE) training and self assessment in creating ergonomic awareness and preventing computer related disorders. This study was therefore of tremendous importance; considering the fact that very little research has been done in connection with the above- stated objective. The results proved that a strong relationship exists between ergonomic awareness and computer related disorders. Insufficient ergonomic awareness was indentified especially in relation to work posture, positioning of input devices, housekeeping/workstation set up, stretch and eye exercises. Online DSE training, induction, practical training on the effective use of workstations, the provision of information, instructions, the execution of workstation analysis/monitoring and a system of reporting were identified to be inadequate. As the result suggested, all the above-mentioned deficiencies partially or totally led to the prevalence of computer related disorders; with more than 50% of respondents indicating that they sometimes/frequently suffer from shoulders, back, neck and visual problems. Strategies to address issues of ergonomic awareness and computer related disorders were suggested in the recommendations.

Equipment & machinery, Fatigue , Human factors & behavioural safety, Musculoskeletal disorders, Occupational health & wellbeing, Risk management, Stress and mental health, Training and education, Working Conditions

Organisation: University of South Wales

Pontypridd ,
CF37 1DL,
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Principal Investigator: Glifford Ndiwankeh

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