Mouse problems highlighted by HSE

first_imgMouse problems highlighted by HSEOn 1 Jan 2003 in Musculoskeletal disorders, Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Research to help reduce the incidence and number of working days lost tomusculoskeletal disorders among computer users has been published by the Healthand Safety Executive. Scientists at the universities of Surrey and Loughborough examined the useof different types of non-keyboard input devices (NKID), such as mouse,trackball and touchscreen, and the problems associated with using them. They found that, although many alternatives are available, the mouse is byfar the most commonly used device. However, most of those polled had received no training or informationspecific to the safe use of NKIDs and a large number of users worked forprolonged periods without a break, despite most having some discretion overthis. Pain or discomfort related to use of NKIDs was reported by about one infive, with problems ranging from unsuitable design (shape and size), jitterymovements and complex controls, to insufficient desk space and lack of cleaningor maintenance. Supporting the arm while using a mouse was the best way of avoiding problemsand curved (L-shaped) desks were rated as the most comfortable. Malcolm Darvill, head of ergonomics policy at the HSE, said the HSE woulduse the research to produce revised guidance next February. “This will help employers comply with the law by giving specificpractical advice on how to work comfortably with a mouse or other NKID,”he said. last_img read more

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