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eLearning as an effective preventing tool to improve the understanding and motivation of Computer Ergonomics

Susanne Hedin (Institutionen för produkt- och produktionsutveckling) ; Anna-Lisa Osvalder (Institutionen för produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Design and Human Factors)
Proceedings of the Nordic Ergonomics Society Conference (NES), Stockholm, August 20-23, 2012. (2012)
[Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat]

Introduction Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) are common today; about 50% of all computer users show some physical problems, which may cause a decrease in work performance, resulting in large costs for individuals, companies and society. Shoulders, neck, arms and hands are especially affected, and thereby the computer work becomes slower and less efficient; productivity decreases up to 25% have been noticed. In the long run prolonged pain can arise. eLearning is a new effective way of presenting ergonomic information at computer work places. The goal is to prevent computer related problems by improving motivation and understanding of how an optimal workplace should be designed and used, i.e. how an active relaxed working technique could be applied. Objectives Ergonomhuset AB in Göteborg, Sweden has developed a 40 minutes eLearning Computer Ergonomics® programme. It consists of interactive sequences, short films, and practical exercises, and provides advice for computer work preventing RSI. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the program among computer workers. The aim was to understand if the information resulted in increased awareness of body overload signals and increased motivation for a change. Further interest was to see what changes the participants have done at their computer work places. Method The eLearning program was given to 18 people at a company in Göteborg during 5 weeks. The program contains of 8 short parts (3-7 minutes each) and deals with how the body works, discomfort, stress, risks, prevention and advise. The separate parts can be viewed whenever the individual wants, as many times as required. A background questionnaire was given before the programme was introduced about working situation, equipment and physical problems. Each week a questionnaire was filled regarding how many times and which parts of the programme they had seen, workplace changes made and physical problems. In the end, a final larger questionnaire and interviews were performed. Results and conclusion Most participants had seen all parts of the programme, some of them several times. The awareness of body signals related to discomfort, fatigue and pain increased for all participants. They had also changed their overall working situation. The changes made were more frequent breaks, adjustments of chairs, desks and computer equipment, as well as reorganisation of work tasks. To conclude eLearning is an efficient and cost effective way to reach and motivate many people with information on individual basis on how they can prevent muscular skeletal problems during computer work.



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Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för produkt- och produktionsutveckling (1991-2017)
Institutionen för produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Design and Human Factors (2008-2017)

Ämnesområden

Produktion
Hållbar utveckling
Industriell teknik och ekonomi

Chalmers infrastruktur