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Ergonomics in the computer workstation

Kenya Medical Association
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  • Communication
  • Education
  • Psychology


Background: Awareness of effects of long term use of computer and application of ergonomics in the computer workstation is important for preventing musculoskeletal disorders, eyestrain and psychosocial effects. Objectives: To determine the awareness of ┬║physical and psychological effects of prolonged computer usage and application of ergonomics in the workstation. Design: One hundred and eighty one people were interviewed from tertiary educational institutions, telecommunications and media houses within Nairobi, Kenya. Subjects: Descriptive cross sectional study. Results: Majority (89.8%) of the respondents felt that prolonged computer use had an adverse effect on their health, with only 12.4% having received formal training on the same. Assessment of their workstations revealed the most applied ergonomic measure as feet placement on the floor: 100% (181) followed by correct monitor placement with 94.4% (171) fulfilling the requirements. The least applied ergonomic measures were non reflecting wall paint: 5% (9) and adjustable desk 9.9% (18). Conclusion: There is awareness among computer users on the effects of prolonged computer use but there is limited application of ergonomic measures.

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