An ergonomics intervention study of reducing health complaints among office employees

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to determine the effects of alternate methods of ergonomics intervention in the office environment of an oil refinery company in Oman. A year long study was conducted on a sample of 40 representative employees of the company. The employees were randomly divided into four groups and assigned to four experimental conditions. A Checklist developed for the evaluation was administered before the intervention and six months after the intervention with ergonomics conditions. The result showed a significant reduction in health complaints such as backache, headache, shoulders and neck pain in groups with an ergonomics intervention. The investigation showed that ergonomic facilities along with ergonomics training was significantly better than providing only ergonomics training or ergonomics facilities alone. This type of research will have immense implications for managers who are interested in improving worker productivity, health, safety and satisfaction in work environment where computers are used intensively.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2008 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM 2008
Pages1966-1970
Number of pages5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event2008 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM 2008 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: Dec 8 2008Dec 11 2008

Other

Other2008 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM 2008
CountrySingapore
CitySingapore
Period12/8/0812/11/08

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Keywords

  • Ergonomics intervention
  • Health complaints
  • Office ergonomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Shikdar, A., Khadem, M., & Al-Harthy, S. (2008). An ergonomics intervention study of reducing health complaints among office employees. In 2008 IEEE International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, IEEM 2008 (pp. 1966-1970). [4738215] https://doi.org/10.1109/IEEM.2008.4738215