The VDT manual

Catalogue Number: 1365
The VDT manual
Category: Book
Sub-Category: Book of historical note
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1979
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Darmstadt Germany
Publisher/Manufacturer: Inca-Fiej Research Association
Description Of Item: Black and white printed A4 size card cover, 253 pages plus four appendices, numerous black and white illustrations and diagrams.
Historical Significance: Computers (Visual Display Units = VDUs, Visual display Terminal = VDT) entered the office workplace in the early 1970s midst much controversy about their adverse effects on health including eye sight. The controversy persisted for 3 decades. This book was the most influential book on use of computers at work in the early years of the controversy. It covers ergonomic requirements for VDUs and VDU workplaces including lighting, (VDUs had poor ergonomics in the 1970s) and health aspects of working with VDUs. See Cole BL (2003) Do video display units cause visual problems? A bedside story about the processes of public health decision-making. Clin Exp Optom 86, 205 - 220 for a review of the controversy and its resolution. This paper was based on a report by BL Cole to Comcare, the Commonwealth Government work place safety organisation. The report was responsible for resolving the controversy in Australia in 2002.
How Acquired: Donated by Barry L Cole
Date Acquired: Dec 2009
Condition: Good
Location: Archive room. East wall. Books of historical note. Folios

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