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Workstation variables and visual discomfort associated with VDTs

Collins, Michael J., Brown, Brian, Bowman, Kenneth J., & Carkeet, Andrew D. (1990) Workstation variables and visual discomfort associated with VDTs. Applied Ergonomics, 21(2), pp. 157-161.

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Abstract

We have investigated the effects of a range of workstation factors upon the visual symptoms experienced by a group of 92 visual display terminal (VDT) users. Subjects in the study kept a diary over five consecutive working days in which they recorded the types of visual and postural symptoms which occurred and the types of work tasks being performed. Each subject's workstation was analysed for screen legibility and stability, discomfort and disability glare, and required head postures. By the use of multiple regression analysis techniques we have considered the relative contribution of these factors to the symptoms reported by the users of these workstations. Screen legibility significantly influenced the occurrence of symptoms of ocular discomfort and vertical head movements significantly affected the incidence of postural/headache symptoms.

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ID Code: 856
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author. m.collins@qut.edu.au
Keywords: Visual display terminal, vision, visual discomfort, workstation, glare, posture
DOI: 10.1016/0003-6870(90)90139-O
ISSN: 0003-6870
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1990 Elsevier
Deposited On: 06 May 2005
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 16:34

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