To identify sources of discomfort in video display terminal (VDT) work stations, the working postures of WO telephone operators who used VDTs to retrieve directory listings were photographed. Attempts to correlate postural angles and distances derived from the photographs with subjective judgments of physical discomfort reported on a questionnaire were unsuccessful. Possible explanations for the failure of the postural parameters to predict discomfort are discussed, and the absence of other postural data that may be appropriately applied to the specification of VDT work stations is noted. It is concluded that recommendations for VDT work stations that are phrased in terms of static angles and distances are currently unsubstantiated and, thus, are not yet ready to be codified as formal standards.
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