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OSHA's VDT screening device for VDT workstation checlist (Appendix D-2)

please respond by answering Yes or No to each of the following inquiries to determine if you are at risk of developing a MSD (muscular skeletal difficulty

VDT Working conditions

The workstation is designed or arranged for doing VDT tasks so it allows the employee's...

Yes No
A. Head and neck to be about upright ( not bent down/back)
B. Head, neck and trunk to face forward (not twisted)
C. Trunk to be about perpendicular to floor( not leaning, forward, backward)
D. Shoulders and upper arms to be about perpendicular to floor
( not stretched forward) and relaxed ( not elevated)
E. Upper arms and elbows to be close to body (not extended outward)
F. Forearms, wrists, and hands to be straight and parallel to floor
(not pointing up/down)
G. Wrists and hands to be straight (not bent up/down or sideways toward
little finger
H. Thighs to be about parallel to floor and lower legs to be about
perpendicular to floor
I. Feet to rest flat on floor or be supported by a stable footrest
J. VDT tasks to be organized in a way that allows employee to vary VDT
tasks with other work activities, or to take micro-breaks or recovery pauses
while at VDT workstation

Seating the chair->
1. Backrest provides support for employee's lower back (lumbar area)
2. Seat width and depth accommodate specific employee
3. Seat front does not press against the back of employee's knees/ lower legs
4. Seating has cushioning and is rounded/has "waterfall" front
5. Armrests support both forearms while employee performs VDT tasks and
do not interfere with movement

Keyboard / input device
6. Keyboard/input device platform(s) is stable and large enough to hold
keyboard and input device
7. Input device is located right next to keyboard so it can be operated
without reaching
8. Input device is easy to activate and shape/size fits hand of specific person
9. Wrists and hands do not rest on sharp or hard edge

Monitor the monitor is designed or arranged for VDT tasks so that....
10. Top line of screen is at or below eye level so employee is able to read it
without bending head or neck down/back ( for bifocal/trifocals see 11)
11. Employee with bifocals/trifocals is able to read screen without bending
head or neck or backward
12. Monitor distance allows employee to read screen without leaning head
head,neck,or trunk forward/backward
13. Monitor position is directly in front of employee so employee does not
have to twist head or neck
14. No glare is present on the screen which might cause employee to
assume an awkward posture to read screen

Work Area the work area is designed or arranged for doing VDT tasks so that...
15. Thighs have clearance space between chair and VDT table/keyboard
16. Legs and feet have clearance space under VDT table so employee is able to
get close enough to keyboard/input device

17. Document holder, if provided, is stable and large enough to hold documents
that are used
18. Document holder, if provided, is placed at about the same height and
distance as monitor screen so there is little head movement when employee
looks from document to screen
19. Wrist rest, if provided, is padded and free of sharp and square edges
20. Wrist rest, if provided, allows employee to keep forearms, wrists, and
hands straight and parallel to ground when using keyboard/input device
21. Telephone can be used with head upright (not bent) and shoulders
relaxed (not elevated) if employee does VDT tasks at the same time.

22. Workstation and equipment have sufficient adjustability so that the
employee is able to be in a safe working posture and to make occasional
changes in posture while performing VDT tasks
23. VDT workstation,equipment and accessories are maintained in
serviceable condition and function properly

Passing Score: YES answer on all of first 10 questions ( A- J) and no more than two NO answers on remainder of checklist

If you did not receive a passing score; fo addtional assistance we suggest you go to our Online Risk Assessment



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