Computers are an essential part of our everyday life. Ergonomics at workplace is a very important factor that cannot be over looked in the information technology working environment. This study was undertaken to assess reporting of occupational health among Desktop and Laptop users including children. A personal survey and a TV LIVE programs was carried out among computer users including children. Hundreds of calls were attended from various media channels and those were invited to the computer injury prevention research centre for studying their pains and learning their style of working. The main findings from the present work showed symptoms such as eye strain, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain and pain in the carpal tunnel region were common among computer users including children. Severity of pain increased with number of hours of computer use at work which was found only in unscientific style of workers.
Materials and methods : Cross sectional study was conducted among the computer users like software professionals, Government officers of various departments and were interacted through a LIVE tv programme and were asked several questions to know the strains while working with computers and were also invited to the research center for further study and guided them towards safety.
Results : The prevalence of the computer related occupational injuries were reported by morethan 90% of the callers on LIVE tv show in our study. Association of the duration of the computer use, typing techniques while using them and the furniture used was also noted. Very few were aware of the seriousness of computer related injuries. Symptoms were with more in people who were not working on 10 fingers touch typing skill and non ergonomically designed furniture and its placements.
Conclusions : Visual strains and physical strains constitute an important part of computer related injuries. This warrants vigilance in identifying and effectively guiding them. The study has also thrown light on various ergonomic factors contributing to its occurrence. Effective management requires a multidirectional approach combining health education, introduction of ergonomics, touch typing skill training and more awareness programmes from the Governments and computer manufacturers too will help in preventing them.
Keywords: eye strain, neck pain, headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive strain injury, musculoskeletal disorders and mental strain.
Dr. H.M.Arun Kumar has been honoured with honorary PhD by World Records University, U.K. and is a researcher in Computer Injury Prevention techniques in India, who is passionate about Occupational Health and Safety of computer users at Workplace and Community Health. He is currently Founder of Computer Injury Awareness and Prevention Society., Bangalore. He is an inventor of Supersonic Safe Typing techniques, Inventor of Ergonomic Furniture specially designed for computer users. He is also a World Record Holder for working on computers in various styles like in Cross-hand and to type by Sitting behind the Laptop. He has more than 22 years of professional experience and has advised on computer safety in various Televisions including CNNIBN, Doordarshan, Udaya tv, Zee News, Suvarna News, Amrita News, Kairali News, and many more.
He was featured in various leading Daily Newspapers like The Times of India, The Deccan Herald, The Hindu, The New Indian Express, Khaleej Times and many more.
He has advised on ergonomics to various Government top officers including bureaucrats like District Judges, IAS Officers, Commissioners of various departments including Police, Income Tax, Customs, Film Stars, and Doctors, Engineers, Advocates and students too.
People have come from all over India and even from Dubai, USA, London, and Singapore to undergo a special training in computer touch typing and ergonomics from him. He was honored by various organizations including Rotary International, Air India, and many more. He is a Life-member of Indian Society of Ergonomics., Kolkota and Life-member of Association of Occupational Health (AOHK), Karnataka.
He is now willing to spread awareness worldwide and to help the governments in modifying the present safety policy by becoming International Computer Safety Advisor or Brand Ambassador to spead the awareness which is spreading at an alarming rate.
His computer safety guidelines are currently published in National Safety Council 2018 Diary.
H M Arun Kumar
Supersonic Ergonomics and Typing Research Institute , India