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Baseline exposure assessment results from a prospective study of upper extremity musculoskeleetal disorders.

Authors
Spielholz-P; Bao-S; Howard-N; Silverstein-B
Source
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 47th Annual Meeting. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2003 Oct; :1274-1278
NIOSHTIC No.
20027123
Abstract
This prospective study is following a cohort of up to 1000 workers for three years to determine the relationship between risk factors and confounders and the development of clinically diagnosed upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders (UEMSDs). Results from 535 workers at baseline in manufacturing and service industries showed that 28.8% of jobs had an average RULA grand score of 5-7 for the right side of the body, and 24.1% for the left. The average and median Strain Index scores for the right side were 19.8 (+/-42.5) and 5.1, and for the left side were 16.4 (+/-41.0) and 3.4. HAL TLV analysis showed that 65.7% of subjects were below the ACtion Limit for the right side and 15.2% for the left. These data in combination with more detailed measurements will be used in prospective analysis to quantify the relatiosnhip between risk factors and UEMSD outcomes.
Keywords
Ergonomics; Human-factors-engineering; Worker-health; Work-environment; Workplace-studies; Workplace-monitoring; Statistical-analysis; Posture; Body-mechanics; Muscles; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Muscular-disorders; Muscle-tension; Muscle-stress; Muscle-physiology; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Biomechanics
Contact
Washington Department of Labor and Industries, Box 44330, Olympia, WA 98504
Publication Date
20031013
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Funding Amount
289069
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
0945289227
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U01-OH-007316
Priority Area
Disease and Injury: Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Upper Extremities
Source Name
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 47th Annual Meeting
State
WA
Performing Organization
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
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