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Hand wrist cumulative trauma disorders in industry.

Authors
Silverstein-BA; Fine-LJ; Armstrong-TJ
Source
Br J Ind Med 1986 Nov; 43(11):779-784
NIOSHTIC No.
00165570
Abstract
A survey of occupational hand wrist cumulative trauma disorders was conducted. A total of 574 active workers from six industrial facilities were categorized into four exposure groups: low force/low repetitive (LOF/LOR), high force/low repetitive (HIF/LOR), low force/high repetitive (LOF/HIR), or high force/high repetitive (HIF/FIR) jobs. HIR jobs were defined as those with a cycle time of less than 30 seconds or more than 50 percent of the cycle time involved performing the same type of fundamental cycles. LOR jobs included those with a cycle time longer than 30 seconds and less than 50 percent of the cycle time involved performing the same type of fundamental cycles. HIF jobs were those with estimated hand force requirements of more than 4 kilograms (kg). LOF jobs were those with estimated average hand force requirements below 1kg. Videotapes and surface electromyography were used to estimate hand force and job repetitiveness. Workers in the LOF/LOR jobs served as comparisons. The six facilities participating in the study included electronics assembly, major appliance manufacturing, investment casting of turbine engine blades, apparel sewing, a ductile iron foundry, and ball bearing manufacturing. Workers were interviewed and given physical examinations. Calculated adjusted odds ratios indicated an increased risk for hand wrist cumulative trauma disorders in all exposure groups relative to the LOF/LOR group; however, this increase was statistically significant only for workers in the HIF/HIR group. Increased risk of hand wrist injury in HIF/HOR workers was independent of age, sex, years on the job, and facility. The authors conclude that these findings may help in directing workplace intervention because they suggest a strategy for primary prevention. Reducing force or repetitiveness through job modification may reduce the prevalence of hand wrist cumulative trauma disorders.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Epidemiology; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Repetitive-work; Injuries; Muscle-stress; Physiological-stress; Data-processing; Employee-health; Cumulative-trauma-disorders
CODEN
BJIMAG
Publication Date
19861101
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Contract
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Contract-200-82-2507
Issue of Publication
11
ISSN
0007-1072
Priority Area
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders
Source Name
British Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
MI
Performing Organization
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
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