Many who use a computer at work or home may be unaware of workstation situations that can increase their risk of development of injury. The following references aid in recognizing potential hazards associated at computer workstations and give possible solutions to address those hazards.
Computer Workstations. OSHA eTool. Includes new material developed by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Also, incorporates a checklist to assist the computer user with evaluation of their workstation and with purchasing of new equipment.
NIOSH Publications on Video Display
Terminals. US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Publication No. 99-135, (1999, September). Provides a compendium of NIOSH publications and reports on video display terminals (VDTs).
OSH Answers: Office Ergonomics. Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). Provides a searchable database for health and safety information on a variety of topics in an office workstation. Provides navigational links on specific topics, such as "positioning the monitor" or "wrist rests".
Evaluating your computer workstation: How to make it work for you (PDF). Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (OR-OSHA). Identifies health considerations for video display terminals (VDTs) and workstation use, how to evaluate a workstation, and various measures that can be taken to reduce associated worker health problems.
Alternative Keyboards. US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Publication No. 97-148, (1997, January). Explains the differences between alternative and regular keyboards, and provides information on whether alternative keyboards prevent injuries.
All other documents, that are not PDF materials or formatted for the web, are available as Microsoft Office® formats and videos and are noted accordingly. If additional assistance is needed with reading, reviewing or accessing these documents or any figures and illustrations, please also contact OSHA's Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management at (202) 693-2300.
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