HSC publishes research on safe computer use

February 2003
Management Services;Feb2003, Vol. 47 Issue 2, p4
Academic Journal
The British-based Health and Safety Executive has published the research report "Ergonomics of using a mouse and other non-keyboard input device." Scientists at the Universities of Surrey and Loughborough carried out the research examining the use of different types of non-keyboard input devices (NKID) such as the mouse, trackball and touchscreen, and the problems associated with using them. It was found that although many alternative devices are available, the mouse is by far the most common NKID used with desktop computers. Pain or discomfort related to the use of NIKD was reported by about one in five respondents to the main survey. Problems ranged from unsuitable NKID design to insufficient desk space and lack of appropriate cleaning or maintenance. The laboratory investigation found that supporting one's arm while using a mouse seems to be the best and a curved or L-shaped desk was rated as more comfortable than a straight rectangular desk.


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