Original article

Scand J Work Environ Health 1985;11(6):467-474    pdf

doi:10.5271/sjweh.2199

Work with video display terminals among office employees. II. Physical exposure factors.

by Knave BG, Wibom RI, Bergqvist UO, Carlsson LL, Levin MI, Nylen PR

This is the second report in a major epidemiologic health investigation on work with a video display terminal (VDT). The first study showed that VDT operators reported more eye discomfort than a reference group not employed in VDT work and that women reported more eye discomfort, musculoskeletal complaints, headache, and skin disorders than men, regardless of whether they worked with a VDT or not. The present report contains the results of the occupational hygiene measurements (indoor climate, lighting and electrostatic conditions). Considerable differences were found between VDT operators and referents and also between sexes. Indications were obtained of a possible relationship between eye discomfort and luminance ratios in the working field of vision. Otherwise, no association could be established between occupational exposure factors and subjective eye discomfort, musculoskeletal complaints, headache, or skin disorders.