Knowledge of Computer Ergonomics among Secretarial Staff in a Nigerian University Community

By Toyosi Ayodeji Labeodan and I.O. Olaseha.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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This study assessed the level of knowledge of computer ergonomics among the secretarial staff of the University of Ibadan. Two hundred and forty secretarial staff who were willing to participate were recruited from the university. They completed a standardized questionnaire that collected information about their sociodemographics, knowledge of computer ergonomics, and computer use practice. In depth interviews were also conducted with fifty heads of departments. The mean age of respondents was 40 years (+7.0) and respondents working experience averaged 12 years. Most respondents (65.4%) reported using the computer between 4 and 6 hours daily and the majority (96.3%) used the computer primarily for word processing. Respondents’ mean knowledge score for computer ergonomics was 5.5 on a 17 point scale. More than three quarters (78%) of respondents had never read any article or received formal training on computer ergonomics. Seventy-two percent (72%) believed that the university placed low priority on the importance of computer ergonomics. It was concluded that the secretarial staff of the University of Ibadan have poor knowledge of computer ergonomics. Computer ergonomic training is recommended to address the observed gap in knowledge.

Keywords: Computer, Ergonomics, Usage, Musculoskeletal Pain, Secretarial Staff

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.65-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 259.766KB).

Toyosi Ayodeji Labeodan

Senior Physiotherapist and Ph.D. Student, Department of Physiotherapy, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria

I am a senior physiotherapist with the University College Hospital, Nigeria and am presently pursuing a Ph.D. in the Department of Health Promotion and Education in the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. My interest is on health and safety with special focus on the workplace. I received a B.Sc. in physiotherapy in 2001 and completed my Masters in public health in 2007.

Dr. I.O. Olaseha

Lecturer, Department of Health Education and Promotion, University of Ibadan, Nigeria