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Epidemiological basis for manual lifting guidelines.

Authors
Garg-A
Source
NIOSH 1989 Jun; :1-59
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00199709
Abstract
This review discussed various aspects of guidelines for safe manual lifting. Specific topics covered in this report included low back pain, impairment, disability and compensation; causes of low back pain; comparative analysis of risk factors, age, gender, anthropometry, physical fitness and training, lumbar mobility, strength, medical history, years of employment, smoking, psychosocial factors, and structural abnormalities; job risk factors such as heavy physical work, lifting, bending, stretching and reaching, twisting, pushing and pulling, prolonged standing, vibration, and accidents; and preventive approaches such as radiological screening, lifting techniques, preemployment screening, and ergonomic job design. Studies have indicated that low back pain is an extremely significant cause of disability and has a major socioeconomic impact. Many different personal and job factors are associated with the incidence and prevalence of low back complaints. The author concludes that prospective studies are needed so that factors contributing to the development of low back pain can be separated from factors resulting from low back pain.
Keywords
NIOSH-Contract; Manual-materials-handling; Work-capability; Task-performance; Ergonomics; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Muscle-function; Job-stress;
Publication Date
19890616
Document Type
Task Order Report
Fiscal Year
1989
NTIS Accession No.
PB91-227348
NTIS Price
A05
Identifying No.
Task-Order-937384
Priority Area
Low Back Disorders; Disease and Injury; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders;
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
WI
Performing Organization
University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee
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