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Efficacy of the revised NIOSH lifting equation to predict risk of low back pain due to manual lifting: expanded cross-sectional analysis.

Authors
Waters-TR; Lu-M-L; Piacitelli-LA; Werren-D; Deddens-JA
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2011 Sep; 53(9):1061-1067
NIOSHTIC No.
20039527
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation (RNLE) is a valid tool for assessing risk of low back pain (LBP) due to manual lifting by using combined data from two cross-sectional studies of 1-year prevalence. METHODS: Results from a symptom and occupational history questionnaire and RNLE analysis for 677 subjects employed in 125 manual lifting jobs at nine industrial sites were combined from two studies. RESULTS: The odds of LBP increased as the lifting index (LI) increased from 1.0 to 3.0. A statistically significant odds ratio (OR) was found for both the 1 < LI < / = 2 (OR = 1.81) and the 2 < LI < / = 3 categories (OR = 2.26). For jobs with an LI value greater than 3.0, however, the OR remained nonsignificant. The 2 < LI < / = 3 group remained statistically significant after adjusting for age, gender, body mass index, and psychosocial factors. CONCLUSIONS: It is clear that as the LI increases, the risk of LBP increases. Longitudinal studies are needed.
Keywords
Manual-lifting; Manual-materials-handling; Ergonomics; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Back-injuries; Risk-analysis; Exposure-assessment; Health-surveys; Questionnaires; Cumulative-trauma; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Demographic-characteristics; Risk-factors; Job-rotation; Physical-capacity; Statistical-analysis; Industrial-environment; Weight-factors; Weight-measurement; Mathematical-models
Contact
Thomas R. Waters, PhD, NIOSH (C24), 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20110901
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
9
ISSN
1076-2752
NIOSH Division
DART
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
OH
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