2012-07-01 12:00 - Messages

Change with the times: Chronic conditions hint at the need for tailored injury prevention efforts

Workplaces may need to tailor their injury prevention efforts to address the rising prevalence of chronic conditions, says new research from the Institute for Work & Health.

The higher prevalence of chronic conditions among older workers may have important implications for the prevention of workplace injuries, suggests new research from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH). The research, just published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (vol. 54, no. 7, pp. 841-846), examined the relationship between five chronic conditions—arthritis, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and back problems—and work-related injuries, including repetitive strain injuries (RSIs). It showed that rates of work-related injuries were higher in those with chronic conditions than in those without.

Source : Smith, P.; Bielecky, A. ; Mustard, C. The Relationship Between Chronic Conditions and Work-Related Injuries and Repetitive Strain Injuries in Canada. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, July 2012, vol. 54, no 7, p. 841–846. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0b013e31824e11f7

The Relationship Between Chronic Conditions and Work-Related Injuries and Repetitive Strain Injuries in Canada

Objective: To examine the relationships between arthritis, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and back problems, and the risk of work-related injuries (WRIs) and work-related repetitive strain injuries (RSIs).Methods: Using data from the 2003 and 2005 Canadian Community Health Surveys (n = 79,114), we examined the relationship between each chronic condition and WRIs and RSIs, adjusting for various demographic and work-related variables that may confound this relationship. Results: Statistically elevated risks were observed for arthritis and back problems for both WRIs and RSIs among both men and women. Diabetes was also associated with a statistically elevated risk of RSIs among women. Conclusions: The results of this study suggest that the increasing prevalence of chronic conditions, in particular arthritis, back problems, and diabetes, will have important implications for the prevention of workplace injuries.


Source : Smith, Peter PhD, MPH; Bielecky, Amber MSc; Mustard, Cameron ScD. The Relationship Between Chronic Conditions and Work-Related Injuries and Repetitive Strain Injuries in Canada. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine: July 2012 - Volume 54 - Issue 7 - p 841–846

http://journals.lww.com/joem/Abstract/2012/07000/The_Relationship_Between_Chronic_Conditions_and.13.aspx

Validation of the ACGIH TLV for hand activity level in the OCTOPUS cohort: a two-year longitudinal study of carpal tunnel syndrome

This study aimed to evaluate the risk of musculoskeletal disorders to the hand-wrist system. The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) proposed threshold limit values (TLV©) based on hand activity level (HAL) and normalized peak force (PF). We validated ACGIH TLV© in OCTOPUS, a large cohort study on carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

Source: http://www.sjweh.fi/show_abstract.php?abstract_id=3312&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Sjweh-Online-firstArticles+%28SJWEH+-+Online-first+articles%29

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