The Washington State SHARP approach to exposure assessment.
Bao-S; Silverstein-B; Howard-N; Spielholz-P
The Occupational Ergonomics Handbook, Second Edition, Fundamentals and Assessment Tools for Occupational Ergonomics. Marras WS, Karwowski W, eds., Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press, 2006 Jan; :44-1--44-22
The SHARP Study uses a variety of exposure assessment approaches at the individual level and the more global level, incorporating worker estimates (force matching, job content, psychosocial demands, social support, work scheduling), direct measurement (significant push/pull, lifting, pinch and grip forces), observational methods of physical demands (upper extremity postures and motions in terms of amplitude, frequency, and duration), and departmental-level measures of work organization. These data collection methods allow us to input variables into existing event-based and time-based exposure assessment methods (RULA, REBA, HAL, Strain Index) as well as to add precision to estimates of risk based on more quantitative time-based methods. It is hoped that these detailed exposure assessment methods used by ourselves and others in prospective studies will ultimately lead to more efficient and easy-to-use exposure assessment methods for practitioners.
Exposure-assessment; Work-performance; Work-organization; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Risk-analysis
Book or book chapter
Disease and Injury: Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Upper Extremities
The Occupational Ergonomics Handbook, Second Edition, Fundamentals and Assessment Tools for Occupational Ergonomics
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries