The proactive approach--is it worthwhile? A prospective controlled ergonomic intervention study in office workers

J Occup Environ Med. 2009 Oct;51(10):1116-24. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3181bae19d.


Objective: Does proactive ergonomics program enhance office worker health and productivity?

Method: The investigation was conducted in connection with the move of 1500 office staff to a building with improved ergonomics. It was focused on associations between workstation features, working postures, musculoskeletal pain symptoms, and eye strain before and 18 months after implementation of a proactive ergonomic program. The outcomes were compared between the intervention and a similar reference group.

Results: Associations between improvement of postures and less musculoskeletal pain and eye strain were confirmed. A cross association between several features and postures and improved symptoms was noted, along with improved productivity.

Conclusion: The study suggests that a proactive program adhering to the OSHA recommendations needs to include an individual workstation assessment to be effective in reducing symptoms and increasing productivity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Asthenopia / prevention & control*
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Ergonomics*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Occupational Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Occupational Health*
  • Posture
  • Sick Leave
  • Workplace