Computer Workstation Assessment, 80th Area Support Group,Belgium
To comply with a Belgium Royal Decree, the 80th Area Support Group (ASG) requested an ergonomic assessment of video display terminal (VDT) workstations within their Area of Responsibility in Belgium. The Belgium Royal Decree mandates that there be an annual evaluation of all VDT workstations used by Local Nationals for more than 4 hours each day. The 80th ASG expanded the requirement to encompass all VDT workstations within their Area of Responsibility regardless of nationality of the operator.
An ergonomics team from the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine evaluated 340 VDT workstations during the period 9-27 February 1997.
The desks and chairs in use at the time of the assessment were purchased before the advent of desktop computers and, therefore, were not designed specifically for use with VDTs. Risk factors, such as awkward postures, repetitive motions, and mechanical stresses (sharp corners or edges on desks) were evident at most of the workstations. These risk factors can lead to cumulative trauma disorders, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
The evaluation team identified specific ergonomic hazards attributable to the design of the workstations. Below are the team's primary findings and recommended solutions.
Fact Sheet 1 (PDF)
An effective ergonomics program fits the workplace to the worker.
Fact Sheet 2 (PDF)
You should know about work-related musculoskeletal disorders
Fact Sheet 3 (PDF)
You should know about carpal tunnel syndrome.
Fact Sheet 4 (PDF)
Proper use of hand tools can make your work safer and easier.
Fact Sheet 5 (PDF)
Proper use of powered hand tools can make your work safer and easier.
Fact Sheet 6 (PDF)
You can identify the characteristics of a hazardous materials-handling task.
Fact Sheet 7 (PDF)
You should know how to safely perform lifting and lowering tasks.
Fact Sheet 8 (PDF)
You should know how to safely perform pushing and pulling tasks.
Fact Sheet 9 (PDF)
You should know how to safely carry heavy loads.
Fact Sheet 10 (PDF)
You can evaluate ergonomic products to see if they truly meet your needs.
Fact Sheet 11 (PDF)
You can make your computer workstation "fit" your needs.
Fact Sheet 12 (PDF)
You should know what you can do to solve your computer-related discomfort.
Fact Sheet 13 (PDF)
Your computer workstation should be in a comfortable work area.
Fact Sheet 14 (PDF)
Your computer workstation should include a desk that's right for you.
Fact Sheet 15 (PDF)
Your computer workstation should include a chair that's right for you.
Fact Sheet 16 (PDF)
Your computer workstation may need a footrest.
Fact Sheet 17 (PDF)
Your computer workstation should include a monitor that's easy to view.
Fact Sheet 18 (PDF)
Your computer workstation should include the right keyboard for you.
Fact Sheet 19 (PDF)
Your computer workstation should include the right input device for you.
Fact Sheet 20 (PDF)
Your computer workstation may need a document holder.
Fact Sheet 21 (PDF)
Your computer workstation should receive appropriate lighting and guard against glare.
Fact Sheet 22 (PDF)
You should know how to prevent injuries while using your laptop.
Fact Sheet 23 (PDF)
You can troubleshoot pain and discomfort in your office.