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NIOSH Testimony on Repetitive Trauma Disorders by L. J. Fine, June 6, 1989.

Authors
NIOSH
Source
NIOSH 1989 Jun; :1-4
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00193553
Abstract
This testimony concerned the activity of NIOSH in the field of repetitive trauma disorders. Such disorders were a class of musculoskeletal disorders involving damage to the tendons, tendon sheaths, and the related bones, muscles, and nerves of the hands, wrists, elbows, arms, feet, knees, legs, neck and back. Diseases associated with such disorders included carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, tenosynovitis, DeQuervain's Disease, low back pain, and vibration induced Raynaud's syndrome. Such injuries have occurred as a result of repeated harm, not isolated accidents. Since 1984 the numbers of such reported injuries have doubled, exceeding 72,900 cases in 1987, and accounting for up to 39 percent of all occupational illnesses reported to OSHA in 1987. Manufacturing industries had the highest rate, with the five highest manufacturing industries being meatpacking, manufacturing and household appliances, rubber and plastic footwear, office and furniture fixtures, and motor vehicles and equipment. A manual was developed by NIOSH which identified cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs) of the upper limbs and identified risk factors, evaluated jobs and records and surveyed workers to determine if a problem was occurring, and provided guidelines for protecting workers in jobs that pose a serious risk. Current research programs in this area were described.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Testimony; Fine-L-J; Repetitive-work; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Cumulative-trauma; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Carpal-tunnel-syndrome; Construction-industry; Mining-industry; Epidemiology; Vibration-disease
Publication Date
19890606
Document Type
Testimony
Fiscal Year
1989
NTIS Accession No.
PB90-179250
NTIS Price
A01
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Priority Area
Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Upper Extremities; Disease and Injury; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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