Ergonomic requirements for office work with visual display terminals (VDTs) - Part 1: General introduction (Adopted ISO 9241-1:1997, second edition, 1997-06-01)
This is the first edition of CSA Standard CAN/CSA-ISO 9241-1, Ergonomic requirements for office work with visual display terminals (VDTs) - Part 7: General introduction, which is an adoption without modification of the identically titled ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Standard 9241-1:1997 (second edition, 1997-06-01). This ISO Standard was developed by the ISO Technical Committee ISO/TC 159 SC 4. It is part of the series of ISO 9241 Standards that address ergonomic requirements for office work with visual display terminals.
In conjunction with the adoption of this Standard, CSA is issuing a new edition of CSA Standard Z412, Guideline on Office Ergonomics. Basic principles and information from the ISO Standards have been used in the development of this CSA guideline.
This Standard was reviewed for Canadian adoption by the CSA Technical Committee on Office Ergonomics under the jurisdiction of the Strategic Steering Committee on Occupational Health and Safety, and has been formally approved by the Technical Committee. A list of the members of the Technical Committee is available upon request. This Standard has been approved as a National Standard of Canada by the Standards Council of Canada.
This part of ISO 9241
- introduces the multipart standard on ergonomic requirements for the use of visual display terminals for office tasks;
- provides guidelines for a user-performance approach;
- gives an overview of all parts of ISO 9241 currently published and of the anticipated content of those in preparation;
- provides some guidance on how to use ISO 9241;
- describes how conformance to ISO 9241 should be reported.
For the purposes of ISO 9241, office tasks are taken to include a wide range of generic text and data processing tasks. Due to the similarity of these tasks to tasks performed in other environments, e.g. medical, scientific, telecommunications, control rooms and public access, many of the requirements in ISO 9241 are appropriate to these environments as well.
ISO 9241 does not cover electrical safety of VDTs. This is covered by IEC 950.
NOTE - The ergonomic requirements of flat panel displays are covered in ISO 13406-1 and ISO 13406-2. More extensive guidance on human-centered design for interactive systems is provided in ISO 13407.