The keyboard blues: Modern technology and the rights and risks of people at work
- Patricia Shipley
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Health and safety at work is a moral imperative, but the debates emphasise only the economic and legal sides. Drawing on case material from working with VDUs and other forms of modern technology it is shown that loss of control over their immediate work processes can be stressful and potentially harmful to responsible operators. Autonomy and freedom in work process control enhances the power that workers have to protect their health. It is suggested that unquestioned divisive and dualistic practices at workplaces are a potent and unnecessary reason for this problem.
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- The keyboard blues: Modern technology and the rights and risks of people at work
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Volume 9, Issue 1 , pp 57-79
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- Health and safety rights at work
- Health and safety risks
- UK occupational health provisions
- Modern technology
- Paced work
- Repetitive strain injury
- Division of labour
- Interpersonal relations
- Ethical imperative
- Patricia Shipley (1)
- Author Affiliations
- 1. Stress Research & Control Centre, Department of Organisational Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London, London, UK