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Table 3 Deficiencies identified with the OSHA VDT workstation checklist

From: Work related complaints of neck, shoulder and arm among computer office workers: a cross-sectional evaluation of prevalence and risk factors in a developing country

Deficiency in VDT workstation design Percentage N = 1954 Item number*
Difficulty in performing computer & telephone tasks at same time 58.4% 31
Difficulty in keeping upper arms and elbow close to body 45.8% 5
Awkward position of shoulders and arms 40.6% 4
Improper placement of document holder 40.4% 28
Non-supportive armrest 39.9% 15
Poor design of wrist rest 35.4% 29
Seat front pressing against back of knees (seat design) 35.2% 13
Difficulty in keeping wrists and hands straight 34.9% 7
Improper placement of wrist rest 32.8% 30
Foot not resting on ground 32.0% 9
Thighs not being parallel 30.4% 8
Difficult in keeping forearms and wrists straight 29.9% 6
Wrist and hands resting on sharp/hard edge 29.6% 19
Poor maintenance of equipment 29.4% 33
Seat cushion poorly designed 28.8% 14
Equipment not adjustable to suit requirement 28.8% 32
Non-supportive backrest 27.8% 11
Difficulty in keeping trunk perpendicular 27.6% 3
Monitor distance being too far 26.6% 22
Input devices (Keyboard and mouse) placed improperly 26.5% 17
Head, neck and trunk in a twisted position while working 26.4% 2
Glare present on screen 23.6% 24
Computer tasks not varied with insufficient breaks 22.9% 10
Top-line of screen being above eye level 22.8% 20
Head and neck bent while working 20.6% 1
No clearance space underneath the table 20.4% 26
Insufficient seat width and length 18.7% 12
Monitor placement not directly in front 18.4% 23
Difficulty in working while using spectacles 17.3% 21
Thighs being trapped under the computer table 16.0% 25
Non-stable input device (Keyboard and mouse) platform 15.6% 16
Non-stable document holders 12.6% 27
Non-suitable type of input device 11.3% 18
  1. * Item number in OSHA VDT workstation checklist (Appendix 1)