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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 47-51

Awareness of ergonomics among remotely working information technology professionals during COVID-19 pandemic: A cross-sectional survey

1 Sancheti Institute College of Physiotherapy, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Sancheti College of Physiotherapy, Pune, Maharashtra, India
3 Sancheti Institute of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Nikita Rajendra Dodwad
11/12, Sancheti Healthcare Academy, Thube Park, Shivajinagar, Pune 411005, Maharashtra.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jsip.jsip_5_21

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Background: Ergonomics is the scientific study of human work. The objective of ergonomics is to obtain an effective match between the user and workstation to improve working efficiency, health, safety, comfort, and ease of use. Aim: The aim of this article is to assess ergonomic awareness among information technology (IT) professionals who are working remotely. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among IT professionals through a self-administered questionnaire. A total of 150 subjects were recruited in the study. The results were summarized using descriptive statistics. Results: Majority (75%) of the total subjects work for 7–9 h in a day for 6 days in a week without taking breaks at regular interval. Only 7% of the total participants utilized break for stretches and 21% participants walk around during break. The distance of monitor from the eyes of 18.66% of the participants was between 21 and 30 inches and for 2% of the participants it was greater than or equal to 31 inches; this shows that the majority of the participants did not place their monitor at appropriate distance. The study showed that there is lack of knowledge of sitting posture among the IT professionals working from home: 9% of the participants were lying on bed, 16% were seated on sofa, and 17% were sitting on bed. Chairs used by the participants in the study were 15.33% wooden, 19.33% plastic, and 13.33% other types. Conclusion: It was found that those majorities of the participants were unaware about the correct ergonomics and were unable to make modifications in their workstation.

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