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Application of a screening method in assessing occupational safety and health of computer workstations.

Research paper by Toivo T Niskanen, Jouni J Lehtelä, Riina R Länsikallio

Indexed on: 19 Mar '14Published on: 19 Mar '14Published in: International journal of occupational safety and ergonomics : JOSE



Abstract

Employers and workers need concrete guidance to plan and implement changes in the ergonomics of computer workstations. The Näppärä method is a screening tool for identifying problems requiring further assessment and corrective actions. The aim of this study was to assess the work of occupational safety and health (OSH) government inspectors who used Näppärä as part of their OSH enforcement inspections (430 assessments) related to computer work. The modifications in workstation ergonomics involved mainly adjustments to the screen, mouse, keyboard, forearm supports, and chair. One output of the assessment is an index indicating the percentage of compliance items. This method can be considered as exposure assessment and ergonomics intervention used as a benchmark for the level of ergonomics. Future research can examine whether the effectiveness of participatory ergonomics interventions should be investigated with Näppärä.