A field intervention examining the impact of an office ergonomics training and a highly adjustable chair on visual symptoms in a public sector organization

Publication type
Journal article
Authors
Amick B Menendez CC Bazzani L Robertson M DeRango K Rooney T Moore A
Date published
2012 Jan 25
Journal
Applied Ergonomics
Volume
43
Issue
3
Pages
625-631
Open Access?
No
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Examine the effect of a multi-component office ergonomics intervention on visual symptom reductions. METHODS: Office workers were assigned to either a group receiving a highly adjustable chair with office ergonomics training (CWT), a training-only group (TO) or a control group (C). A work environment and health questionnaire was administered 2 and 1 month(s) pre-intervention and 3, 6, and 12 months post-intervention. Multi-level statistical models tested hypotheses. RESULTS: The CWT intervention lowered daily visual symptoms (p < 0.01) post-intervention. The TO group did not significantly differ from the control group. The CWT group differed significantly from the TO group (p = 0.01) post-intervention. CONCLUSION: Workers who received a highly adjustable chair and office ergonomics training had reduced visual symptoms and the effect was maintained through twelve months post-intervention. The lack of a training-only group effect supports implementing training in conjunction with the highly adjustable chair to reduce visual symptoms