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Reliability of job-title based physical work exposures for the upper extremity: comparison to self-reported and observed exposure estimates.

Authors
Gardner-BT; Lombardi-DA; Dale-AM; Franzblau-A; Evanoff-BA
Source
Occup Environ Med 2010 Aug; 67(8):538-547
NIOSHTIC No.
20037623
Abstract
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the agreement between job-title based estimates for upper extremity physical work exposures and exposure estimates from work observation and worker self-report. METHODS: Self-reported exposure questionnaires were completed by 972 workers, and exposure estimates based on worksite observation were completed for a subset of 396 workers. Job-title based estimates were obtained from O*NET, an American database of job demands. Agreement between self-reported, observed and job-title based physical work exposures was assessed using Spearman correlations and intraclass correlation coefficients. RESULTS: Job-title based exposure estimates from O*NET, self-reported and observer-rated exposures showed moderate to good levels of agreement for some upper extremity exposures, including lifting, forceful grip, use of vibrating tools and wrist bending. CONCLUSIONS: Job-title based physical work exposure variables may provide useful surrogate measures of upper extremity exposure data in the absence of other individual level data such as observed or self-reported exposure. Further validation of these data is necessary to determine the utility of the O*NET databases in future epidemiological studies.
Keywords
Epidemiology; Ergonomics; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-levels; Exposure-methods; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Management-personnel; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Occupational-psychology; Occupations; Physical-stress; Physiological-effects; Physiology; Quantitative-analysis; Questionnaires; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-research; Statistical-analysis; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Worker-health; Worker-motivation; Work-operations; Work-organization; Work-performance; Workplace-studies; Work-practices
Contact
Bradley A Evanoff, Washington University School of Medicine, Division of General Medical Sciences, Campus Box 8005, 660 S. Euclid Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63110
CODEN
OEMEEM
Publication Date
20100801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
bevanoff@dom.wustl.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-008017
Issue of Publication
8
ISSN
1351-0711
Priority Area
Services; Wholesale and Retail Trade
Source Name
Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
MO
Performing Organization
Washington University - St. Louis, Missouri
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