|In addition to obvious hazards such as a slippery floor or an open file
drawer, a modern office may also contain hazards such as poor lighting, noise, poorly
designed furniture and equipment, and machines which emit noxious gases and fumes. Even
the nature of office work itself has produced a whole host of stress-related symptoms and musculoskeletal
strains. For example, long hours at the video display
terminal (VDT) can cause pains in the neck and back, eyestrain, and a general feeling
of tension and irritability.
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