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The pitfalls of the traditional office ergonomics model in the current mobile work environment:  Is visual ergonomic health literacy the remedy?
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational Health Science and Psychology, Occupational Health Science. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7680-1929
School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, AUSTRALIA.
2019 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 63, no 3, p. 447-456Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Mobile technology has revolutionised how we work. It is now relatively easy to work anywhere and anytime, but this has placed the onus on mobile (or flexible) workers to set up their own work environment for comfort and ease of use. Vision is an important driver of posture, and hence visual ergonomics principles are integral for setting up digital devices. If mobile workers do not have visual ergonomics knowledge, or are unable to apply visual ergonomics knowledge to appropriately set up their work environment, then they are at risk of developing visual-related occupational health issues due to exposure to adverse physical work environments.

To address this potential health care issue, we propose the introduction of Visual Ergonomics Health Literacy. This would provide mobile workers (including school children) with the knowledge and skills to set up their work environment for comfort and ease of use, wherever they work. It is important to address this issue now before we have a widespread epidemic of discomfort and injury from not applying sound visual ergonomics principles to work environments.

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2019. Vol. 63, no 3, p. 447-456
Keywords [en]
Computer; smartphone; visual displays; lighting; design
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Occupational Health and Environmental Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-29169DOI: 10.3233/WOR-192937ISI: 000475765000017PubMedID: 31256101Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85069455544OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-29169DiVA, id: diva2:1282185
Available from: 2019-01-24 Created: 2019-01-24 Last updated: 2019-08-26Bibliographically approved

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