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11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management (ODAM 2014) CPH Conference

Examining the effects of an office ergonomics intervention on computing behaviors, musculoskeletal health, culture and performan
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Author:Michelle M. ROBERTSON (Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, United States)
Yueng-hsiang HUANG (Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, United States)
Jin LEE (University of Connecticut, United States)
Date: 2014-08-19     Track: F - Tools & methods     Session: F4 - Intervention studies – part I
DOI:10.4122/dtu:2389

An office ergonomics intervention incorporating a macroergonomics design approach was conducted to investigate the effects of a flexible workspace design and ergonomics training on musculoskeletal health, psychosocial environment and performance in a computer-based office setting. This longitudinal, field intervention study included three data collection periods (one pre- and two post-interventions). Knowledge workers were assigned to: flexible workspace (n=121), flexible workspace + ergonomics training (n=31), or control (n=45). The study findings indicated positive, significant effects on the outcome variables for the two intervention groups compared to the control group, including reduced musculoskeletal risk, symptoms and improved psychosocial environment and performance.