Office Equipment - Ergonomics
The term "ergonomics" comes from the Greek "ergon" (work). It describes interaction between man and the equipment he works with and the effects on the human body. TUV Rheinland tests computers and peripherals for ergonomic compliance according to international ergonomic standards.
A workplace where the user enters data into or reads data from data processing equipment is called a terminal or office workstation. Its components are the furniture as well as the PC including peripheral equipment like VDTs, keyboards, scanners, printers, etc. As the use of workstations increased significantly in recent years, guidelines for the ergonomic design of workstations became necessary. Today, the European Directive 90/270/EEC, and the German Decree on Work with Display Terminals - BildscharbV require all Visual Display Terminals (VDT) used at office workplaces, to comply with the established ergonomic and safety requirements.