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Control of ergonomic hazards in commercial drycleaning.
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 2000 Aug; 15(8):596-597
Ergonomic risk factors increase the threat of injury to the musculoskeletal system of the worker. Musculoskeletal disorders are caused by repetitive motions, awkward postures, excessive reaching, and precision gripping. In the drycleaning industry, ergonomic risks occur during garment transfer, pressing, and bagging. These activities, combined with a high work rate and frequency, may cause physical discomfort and musculoskeletal problems for workers. Disorders can include damage to tendons, muscles, nerves, and ligaments of the hand, wrist, arm, shoulder, neck, and back.
Cumulative trauma; Cumulative trauma disorders; Repetitive work; Musculoskeletal system; Musculoskeletal system disorders; Ergonomics; Dry cleaning industry; Body mechanics; Control methods; Occupational exposure; Industrial hazards; Industrial design; Health hazards; Work areas; Work practices; Risk factors; Equipment design
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DSHEFS; DPSE; EID
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
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