445 A practical novel model for office ergonomics awareness amongst global corporate office employees’. sharing experience from 11 countries

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With increase in use of laptops, globally there is a need to spread awareness on office ergonomics. The challenge lies in educating maximum employees in shortest time thereby reducing musculoskeletal ailments and promoting safer working by exploring effective communication methods.


A cross-sectional study encompassing Unilever Global Corporate Office Employees’ is being undertaken [2013–2017] in India, Dubai(U.A.E), Nairobi (Africa), Durban (South Africa) and South East Asian countries [Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Sri Lanka] n=Total 2646.


Employees were grouped into two, to study following interventions;


Forty minute Lecture training enhances awareness in >92% employees’. However, few employees attend this training, due to hectic work schedules.


Short ten minute live demonstrations undertaken in above countries appears to be an excellent tool enhancing awareness in >90% employees. When both above interventions were tested for statistical significance, 40 min lecture was superior only in Indonesia (p<0.05).


As few employees attend 40 min lecture training (though superior) on office ergonomics, the ten minute live demonstration is a promising practical novel intervention as it is comprehensive, undertaken at the workstation, enhancing awareness in maximum employees in a short-time, instilling a feeling of caring and bonding which is vital for a successful and robust office ergonomics control program. A reminder card with tips on chair adjustments, ergonomic arrangement of workstations and a link on desk stretches serves as handy desk-reminder emphasising safer work postures.

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