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Use of a posture coding system to analyte postures and determine back injury risk.
Abstract Book, U.S. Department of the Interior Conference on the Environment and Safety, April 24-28, 1995. Washington, DC: U.S. Bureau of Mines, 1995 Apr; :31
This paper will discuss the background for the Ovako Working posture Analysis System, how it is used, and how the results are analyzed and used. People often need to assume awkward postures in order to do their jobs. Whether the work involves computers, assembly lines or large equipment, there may be a risk for back injury depending on the postures your job puts you in. The Ovako Working posture Analysis System (OWAS) is a method that does not require a great deal of background and is easy to use. In OWAS, a worker is observed doing his/her normal tasks. The worker's posture is coded at given intervals using a number which correspond to the position of one of the body and the amount of load handled. The worker's tasks are also recorded. The posture codes are then assigned to one of four categories based on degree of injury risk. Tasks that include postures falling into the high risk categories are given highest priority in job redesign efforts.
Posture; Back-injuries; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Worker-health; Work-environment; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Job-analysis
Conference/Symposia Proceedings; Abstract
U.S. Bureau of Mines
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