WVSDB Ergonomics Quiz 2013

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WVSDB Ergonomics Quiz 2013 - Quiz

Quiz to test individual's knowledge of ergonomics


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    When keying on a computer, the operator should do which of the following:

    • A.

      Keep wrists straight while keying

    • B.

      Have the keyboard and mouse just out of reach

    • C.

      Make the shoulders and upper arms stiff

    • D.

      Keep elbows straight

    Correct Answer
    A. Keep wrists straight while keying
    Explanation
    Keeping the wrists straight while keying is important to maintain proper ergonomics and prevent strain or injury. When the wrists are bent or angled while typing, it can put pressure on the nerves and tendons, leading to discomfort or conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome. By keeping the wrists straight, the operator can maintain a neutral position, reducing the risk of repetitive strain injuries and promoting better overall comfort and efficiency while typing.

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  • 2. 

    ______________________ is the practice of adapting a job or the job's environment to enhance the health and comfort of an employee.

    Correct Answer
    Ergonomics
    Explanation
    Ergonomics is the practice of adapting a job or the job's environment to enhance the health and comfort of an employee. This involves designing workspaces, tools, and tasks in a way that minimizes physical strain and promotes productivity. By considering factors such as posture, lighting, and equipment design, ergonomics aims to prevent work-related injuries and improve overall well-being.

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  • 3. 

    Ergonomics issues often occur in the office environment.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Ergonomics issues often occur in the office environment because office workers typically spend long hours sitting at desks, using computers, and performing repetitive tasks. These activities can lead to musculoskeletal disorders, such as back pain, neck strain, and carpal tunnel syndrome. To prevent these issues, it is important to have ergonomically designed workstations and promote proper posture and movement throughout the workday.

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  • 4. 

    Doing repetitive, regular activities on a computer don't contribute to ergonomic issues.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Repetitive, regular activities on a computer can actually contribute to ergonomic issues. When performing the same motions repeatedly, such as typing or using a mouse, it can lead to strain and discomfort in the muscles and joints. This can result in conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome or neck and back pain. Therefore, it is important to take breaks, practice good posture, and use ergonomic equipment to prevent these issues.

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  • 5. 

    Improper lighting, glare, noise and other conditions can contribute to ergonomic problems.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Improper lighting, glare, noise, and other conditions can indeed contribute to ergonomic problems. Poor lighting can strain the eyes and cause discomfort, while glare can make it difficult to see properly. Excessive noise can be distracting and lead to increased stress levels. All of these factors can negatively impact an individual's ergonomic setup and overall well-being. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following is a risk factor associated with ergonomics?

    • A.

      Sufficient recovery time between computer tasks

    • B.

      Awkward posture

    • C.

      Changing tasks often so that the employee doesn't perform the same motion every few seconds or on a continuos basis

    Correct Answer
    B. Awkward posture
    Explanation
    Awkward posture is a risk factor associated with ergonomics because it can lead to musculoskeletal disorders and injuries. Maintaining an awkward posture for an extended period of time puts strain on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, increasing the risk of discomfort and injury. It is important to have proper ergonomic setup and posture to prevent these risks and promote overall health and well-being.

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  • 7. 

    Computer operators should not operate the computer with wrists bent backwards (extension) or forward (flexion.)

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Operating a computer with wrists bent backwards or forwards can lead to discomfort and potential injury. This is because these positions put strain on the tendons, muscles, and nerves in the wrists and can lead to conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome. It is important for computer operators to maintain a neutral wrist position, with the wrists aligned with the forearms, to minimize the risk of injury and promote ergonomic health. Therefore, the statement that computer operators should not operate the computer with wrists bent backwards or forwards is true.

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  • 8. 

    Computer users should bend back and neck while using the computer.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Bending back and neck while using the computer is not recommended as it can lead to poor posture and strain on the muscles of the back and neck. Maintaining a straight and upright posture while using the computer is important to prevent discomfort and potential long-term health issues.

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  • 9. 

    The computer monitor should be slightly below eye level.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Placing the computer monitor slightly below eye level helps to maintain a comfortable and ergonomic viewing position. This positioning reduces strain on the neck and eyes by allowing them to remain in a more natural and relaxed position. It also helps to prevent issues such as eye fatigue and neck pain that can occur from looking upwards for extended periods of time.

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  • 10. 

    Computer users should tilt head backward or turn to side to see the screen.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Computer users do not need to tilt their head backward or turn to the side to see the screen. This statement is false because computer screens are typically positioned at eye level, allowing users to view the screen without any additional adjustments to their head position. Tilting the head backward or turning to the side can cause strain on the neck and lead to discomfort or potential health issues.

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  • 11. 

    Cradling the phone at the ear is a good thing to do while working at a desk or on a computer.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Cradling the phone at the ear while working at a desk or on a computer is not a good thing to do. This is because it can lead to poor posture and strain on the neck and shoulders. It is recommended to use a headset or speakerphone to avoid these issues and maintain good ergonomics while working.

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  • 12. 

    Desk chairs used by computer operators should have good lumbar support

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Desk chairs used by computer operators should have good lumbar support because sitting for long periods of time can put strain on the lower back. Good lumbar support helps maintain the natural curve of the spine and reduces the risk of developing back pain or discomfort. It also promotes proper posture and alignment, which is important for overall comfort and productivity while working at a computer.

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  • 13. 

    Sitting in a chair that maintains the back in an upright position, lessens fatigue and decreases the amount of work the back muscles must do.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Sitting in a chair that maintains the back in an upright position can help reduce fatigue and minimize the strain on the back muscles. By providing proper support to the spine, this type of chair promotes good posture and prevents slouching, which can lead to muscle fatigue and discomfort. With less work required from the back muscles, individuals may experience decreased fatigue and increased comfort while sitting for extended periods of time. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 14. 

    A chair which is curved and has no lumbar support decreases slouching and other postures that put pressure on the spine.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement in the question suggests that a chair without lumbar support decreases slouching and other postures that put pressure on the spine. However, this is incorrect. A chair without lumbar support may actually increase the likelihood of slouching and poor posture, as it does not provide adequate support to the lower back. Lumbar support helps maintain the natural curve of the spine and promotes proper alignment, reducing the risk of strain and discomfort. Therefore, the correct answer is false.

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  • 15. 

    Work materials should be placed so that the computer operator has to repeatedly bend head down to look at paper flat on desk and then tilt head back to see computer screen.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Placing work materials in a way that requires the computer operator to repeatedly bend their head down to look at paper on the desk and then tilt their head back to see the computer screen can cause strain and discomfort in the neck and upper back. This can lead to musculoskeletal issues and potentially contribute to long-term health problems. Therefore, it is not true that work materials should be placed in this manner.

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  • 16. 

    A document holder can prevent a computer user from having to repeatedly bend head down and then tilt head back to see computer screen.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A document holder can be placed at eye level, allowing the computer user to easily view the document without having to constantly look down and then tilt their head back to see the computer screen. This helps to maintain a more ergonomic posture and reduce strain on the neck and back.

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  • 17. 

    The computer mouse should be next to the keyboard and appropriately placed for a left- or right-hand user.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because it is important for the computer mouse to be placed next to the keyboard in order to provide ergonomic comfort and efficiency for both left-handed and right-handed users. Placing the mouse in close proximity to the keyboard allows for easy access and reduces strain on the arm and wrist while navigating and clicking on the computer screen. This setup ensures that users can comfortably use both the keyboard and mouse simultaneously without any discomfort or inconvenience.

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  • 18. 

    Eye and vision issues can be reduced when working with computers by doing the following:

    • A.

      Increasing reflections on the screen

    • B.

      Taking breaks to rest eyes

    • C.

      Using brighter lights that increase glare on the screen

    • D.

      Sitting 4 feet from the computer screen

    Correct Answer
    B. Taking breaks to rest eyes
    Explanation
    Taking breaks to rest the eyes is an effective way to reduce eye and vision issues when working with computers. Continuous staring at the screen can strain the eyes and lead to symptoms like dryness, fatigue, and blurred vision. By taking regular breaks and looking away from the screen, the eyes get a chance to relax and refocus, reducing the risk of developing these issues.

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  • 19. 

    When setting up a computer monitor which of the following shouldn't you do?

    • A.

      Place the monitor to the side of the user

    • B.

      Have a viewing distance of 18-30 inches

    • C.

      Be tilt adjustable

    • D.

      Have adjustable contrast/brightness

    Correct Answer
    A. Place the monitor to the side of the user
    Explanation
    Placing the monitor to the side of the user is not recommended because it can cause strain on the neck and eyes. The ideal position for a computer monitor is directly in front of the user, at eye level, to ensure proper ergonomics and minimize discomfort.

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  • 20. 

    Which of the following is not true about a computer keyboard?

    • A.

      Should have a keyboard slope of 0 to 25 degrees

    • B.

      Should be on a surface at least 36 inches above floor

    • C.

      Should have padded wrist wrests

    • D.

      Should have a mouse or tracking ball same height as keyboard

    Correct Answer
    B. Should be on a surface at least 36 inches above floor
    Explanation
    The statement "Should be on a surface at least 36 inches above floor" is not true about a computer keyboard. The height of the surface on which the keyboard is placed is not specified and can vary depending on the user's preference and comfort. There is no specific requirement for the keyboard to be placed at least 36 inches above the floor.

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  • 21. 

    Which is not a feature you want in a computer desk chair?

    • A.

      Seat height adjustment of 16-20.5 inches

    • B.

      Seat depth between 15-17 inches

    • C.

      No space between back of knees and front edge of seat

    • D.

      Seat with minimum of 18 inches

    • E.

      Contoured, cushioned seat pan

    • F.

      Angle between seat pan and seat back 90-105 degrees

    • G.

      Backrest contoured in shape and supports lumbar region

    Correct Answer
    C. No space between back of knees and front edge of seat
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "No space between back of knees and front edge of seat". This is not a feature you want in a computer desk chair because it can restrict blood circulation and cause discomfort during long periods of sitting. It is important to have a chair that allows for proper leg room and promotes good posture.

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  • 22. 

    Window coverings may be used to eliminate glare and bright sunlight from windows.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Window coverings such as blinds, curtains, or shades can be used to block or filter sunlight entering through windows. By adjusting the coverings, one can control the amount of light and glare in a room, making it more comfortable and reducing the strain on the eyes. Therefore, it is true that window coverings can be used to eliminate glare and bright sunlight from windows.

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  • 23. 

    Glare screens should never be used on computer monitors to reduce glare.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Glare screens are designed to reduce glare on computer monitors, so it would be incorrect to say that they should never be used for this purpose. Therefore, the correct answer is False.

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  • 24. 

    A desk lamp is a good option when more lighting is needed for working with printed materials.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A desk lamp is a good option when more lighting is needed for working with printed materials because it provides focused and adjustable lighting directly onto the work surface. This can help improve visibility and reduce eye strain, making it easier to read and work with printed materials effectively.

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  • 25. 

    Computer users should switch tasks and do a non-computer related task for at least 15 minutes for every two hours of computer work.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Computer users should switch tasks and do a non-computer related task for at least 15 minutes for every two hours of computer work in order to prevent eye strain, reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders, and alleviate mental fatigue. This practice allows the eyes to rest and refocus, prevents repetitive strain injuries, and helps maintain productivity and focus by giving the brain a break from continuous screen exposure. It also encourages physical movement and reduces sedentary behavior, which is beneficial for overall health and well-being.

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  • 26. 

    Computer users should not regularly take brief periods to stretch and do non-computer work tasks.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Regularly taking brief periods to stretch and do non-computer work tasks is actually beneficial for computer users. It helps prevent muscle strain, eye strain, and other health issues associated with prolonged computer use. Taking breaks and engaging in different activities can also improve productivity and focus. Therefore, the statement that computer users should not regularly take brief periods to stretch and do non-computer work tasks is false.

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  • 27. 

    Improper use of laptops can lead to various user aches and pains.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Improper use of laptops can lead to various user aches and pains because laptops are not ergonomically designed to promote proper posture and comfort during prolonged use. The small screen size and keyboard placement can result in strained necks, shoulders, and wrists. Additionally, excessive laptop use can lead to eye strain and headaches. Therefore, it is important to use laptops in a way that minimizes discomfort and promotes good ergonomics.

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  • 28. 

    When using a laptop computer sit at least  three feet away.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that when using a laptop computer, one should sit at least three feet away. However, this statement is incorrect. There is no specific distance requirement for using a laptop computer. The distance at which one should sit while using a laptop depends on personal preference and comfort. Some people may prefer to sit closer to the screen, while others may prefer to sit farther away. Therefore, the correct answer is false.

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  • 29. 

    When using a laptop computer position the keyboard at elbow height and keep wrists straight.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The correct answer is true because positioning the keyboard at elbow height and keeping wrists straight helps maintain a neutral and ergonomic posture while typing on a laptop. This position can help prevent strain on the wrists, arms, and shoulders, reducing the risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis. It also promotes better blood circulation and prevents fatigue during prolonged computer use.

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  • 30. 

    Laptop users should always sit on a stool instead of in a chair with back support.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Sitting on a stool instead of a chair with back support is not recommended for laptop users because it can lead to poor posture and discomfort. A chair with back support provides better ergonomics by maintaining the natural curve of the spine and supporting the lower back. This helps in reducing strain on the neck, shoulders, and back. Sitting on a stool for long periods can result in slouching and increased stress on the spine, which can cause musculoskeletal issues. Therefore, it is important for laptop users to opt for a chair with proper back support.

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  • 31. 

    If the laptop is used on a lap, use a cushion to raise the height.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Using a cushion to raise the height of a laptop when using it on a lap is a practical solution. Placing the laptop directly on the lap can cause discomfort and potentially lead to overheating. By using a cushion, the height of the laptop is raised, allowing for better airflow and reducing the risk of overheating. This can also improve posture and reduce strain on the neck and back. Therefore, the statement is true.

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  • 32. 

    Laptop cases should be lightweight, have a well-padded shoulder strap, a handle and smooth-moving wheels.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement suggests that laptop cases should possess certain features such as being lightweight, having a well-padded shoulder strap, a handle, and smooth-moving wheels. These features are desirable as they enhance the portability and ease of carrying the laptop case. A lightweight case reduces the burden on the user, while a well-padded shoulder strap provides comfort during transportation. The handle allows for easy carrying, and smooth-moving wheels facilitate effortless movement of the case. Therefore, the statement is true as it highlights the desirable features of laptop cases.

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  • 33. 

    Name a laptop accessory.

    Correct Answer
    docking stations, laptop stands, document holders, lights, glare filters, detachable keyboards, docking station, laptop stand, document holder, light, glare filter, detachable keyboard
    Explanation
    The given answer lists various laptop accessories such as docking stations, laptop stands, document holders, lights, glare filters, and detachable keyboards. These accessories are used to enhance the functionality and convenience of laptops. Docking stations provide additional ports and connectivity options, laptop stands improve ergonomics and airflow, document holders help with organization, lights assist with visibility in low-light conditions, glare filters reduce screen glare, and detachable keyboards offer flexibility in typing positions. Overall, these accessories contribute to a better user experience and productivity when using a laptop.

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  • 34. 

    Employees don't have a responsibility to work with their employer to make sure that they are working safely and efficiently at their computer workstations.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Employees do have a responsibility to work with their employer to ensure they are working safely and efficiently at their computer workstations. This responsibility is crucial for maintaining a healthy and productive work environment. By collaborating with their employer, employees can address any potential hazards, ergonomic issues, or discomforts that may arise from their workstation setup. This proactive approach helps to prevent work-related injuries, promotes employee well-being, and enhances overall productivity.

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  • 35. 

    The employer and employee needs to assess how to make the work environment as safe for work as possible.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement is true because both the employer and employee have a responsibility to ensure a safe work environment. They should collaborate and assess potential hazards, implement safety measures, and follow relevant guidelines and protocols. By working together, they can minimize risks and create a safe and healthy workplace for everyone.

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  • 36. 

    Ergonomics is everyone's business as productivity increases when employees use good health and safety practices, and the work environment is conducive to the tasks being performed.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that ergonomics is important for everyone because it leads to increased productivity. When employees follow good health and safety practices and work in an environment that supports their tasks, they are more likely to perform well and be productive. Therefore, it is true that ergonomics is everyone's business.

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