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Effect of ergonomics training on agreement between expert and nonexpert ratings of the potential for musculoskeletal harm in manufacturing tasks.

Authors
Fethke-NB; Merlino-L; Gerr-F
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2013 Dec; 55(Suppl. 12S):S82-S85
NIOSHTIC No.
20043465
Abstract
Objective: To evaluate the effect of ergonomics training on nonergonomists' ability to recognize and characterize the potential for musculoskeletal harm in manufacturing tasks. Methods: Ergonomics training was delivered to members of a participatory ergonomics team in a manufacturing facility. Before and after training, participatory ergonomics team members and the research team rated the potential for musculoskeletal harm for each of 30 tasks. Measures of agreement included Pearson, concordance, and intraclass correlation coefficients. Results: Measures of agreement generally improved after training. The greatest agreement was observed for ratings of the potential for musculoskeletal harm to the low back. The greatest improvement in agreement was observed for ratings of the potential for musculoskeletal harm to the neck/shoulder. Conclusions: The training seemed to improve nonexperts' ability to identify the potential for musculoskeletal harm.
Keywords
Total-Worker-Health; Worker-health; Ergonomics; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Training; Task-performance; Industrial-factory-workers; Industrial-processes; Back-injuries; Occupational-hazards; Body-mechanics; Body-regions
Contact
Nathan B. Fethke, PhD, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, College of Public Health, the University of Iowa, 105 River Street, CPHB S347, Iowa City, IA 52242
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20131201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
nathan-fethke@uiowa.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U19-OH-008868; M122013
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
IA
Performing Organization
University of Iowa
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