Education of garment workers: prevention of work related musculoskeletal disorders.
Pun-JC; Burgel-BJ; Chan-J; Lashuay-N
AAOHN J 2004 Aug; 52(8):338-343
This educational intervention was designed as part of a garment worker occupational health and safety initiative, with the goal to reduce musculoskeletal symptoms in this monolingual Cantonese speaking population. Using risk communication and the Chinese concepts of yin and yang, the class curriculum was designed to be participatory. It focused on linking symptoms to high risk work activities; explaining the nature of musculoskeletal injury; and encouraging compliance with self care measures of ice, stretching, and early symptom reporting. A total of 21 women completed the Healthy Work Classes, with an increase in perceived levels of energy measured after each class. Additionally, contingency contracting for both individual and workplace change was piloted. This curriculum was revised to become a "train the trainer" program, with training of garment worker leaders and the goal to disseminate this prevention based curriculum to garment workers in the Oakland, California community.
Biological-effects; Demographic-characteristics; Ergonomics; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-levels; Exposure-methods; Health-hazards; Injury-prevention; Medical-surveys; Medical-treatment; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-psychology; Occupational-sociology; Occupations; Physiological-effects; Physiological-response; Racial-factors; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Statistical-analysis; Women; Work-areas; Work-environment; Work-practices
AAOHN Journal - American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal
University of California, Berkeley