Concordance between VDU-users' ratings of comfort and perceived exertion with experts' observations of workplace layout and working postures
2005 (English)In: Applied Ergonomics, ISSN 0003-6870, E-ISSN 1872-9126, Vol. 36, no 3, 319-325 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the concordance (agreement) between VDU-users' ratings of comfort and ergonomists' observations of workplace layout, and the concordance between VDU-users' ratings of perceived exertion and ergonomists' observations of working postures during VDU-work. The Study population consisted of 853 symptom free subjects. Data on perceived comfort in different dimensions and data regarding perceived exertion in different body locations were collected by means of a questionnaire. Data concerning workplace layout and working postures were collected with an observation protocol, by an ergonomist. Concordance between ratings of comfort and observations of workplace layout was reasonably good for the chair and the keyboard (0.60, 0.58) and good regarding the screen and the input device (0.72, 0.61). Concordance between ratings of perceived exertion and observations of working Postures indicated good agreement (0.63-0.77) for all measured body locations (neck, shoulder, wrist and trunk). In conclusion ratings of comfort and perceived exertion could be used as cost-efficient and user-friendly methods for practitioners to identify high exposure to poor workplace layout and poor working postures. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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2005. Vol. 36, no 3, 319-325 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-14757DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2004.12.004ISI: 000229173500008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-14757DiVA: diva2:332798
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