Over the past 30 years, computers have become central to the office environment. Millions of Americans sit in front of a monitor every day to perform daily tasks. While learning how to use a mouse and type are skills youngsters learn early these days, many adults still do not know how to properly position themselves in front a a screen.
According to Ohio State University researchers, there are several health hazards associated with computer workstations that employers and workers should be aware of.
Musculoskeletal (MSK) problems are becoming more well-known and understood as the number of related conditions and disorders is growing around the world. MSK problems can vary immensely, from simple muscle fatigue to arthritis. These can be caused by maintaining poor posture, not having adequate back support and typing incorrectly.
Vision and eyesight
While there is no proof that computer use has any long-term effects on vision, employees get distracted when their eyes hurt or get tired. Managers should consider how elements of the office landscape affect workers' vision. To avoid glare, employers may consider moving workstations away from windows. It's also a good idea to adjust screen brightness and room light to discourage employees from straining their eyes.
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