Work Organization and Musculoskeletal Health: Clinical Findings From Immigrant Latino Poultry Processing and Other Manual Workers

Objective: To determine the potential role of differential exposure to work organization hazards in musculoskeletal disorders among immigrant Latino workers. Method: Self-reported work organization data were obtained from immigrant Latino workers in poultry processing and nonpoultry, manual occupations (N = 742). Clinical evaluations for epicondylitis, rotator cuff syndrome, and back pain were obtained from a subsample (n = 518). Results: Several work organization hazards (eg, low job control, high psychological demands) were elevated among poultry processing workers. Job control predicted epicondylitis (odds ratio [OR] = 0.77) and rotator cuff syndrome (OR = 0.79); psychological demand predicted rotator cuff syndrome (OR = 1.30) and back pain (OR = 1.24); awkward posture and repeated movements predicted all three outcomes; and management safety commitment predicted rotator cuff syndrome (OR = 1.65) and back pain (OR = 1.81). Discussion: Immigrant poultry processing workers are exposed to greater work organization hazards that may contribute to occupational health disparities.

Source: Grzywacz, J.G.; Arcury, T.A.; Mora, D. ; Anderson, A.M.; Chen, H.; Rosenbaum, D. A.; Schulz, M.R.; Quandt, S.A. Work Organization and Musculoskeletal Health: Clinical Findings From Immigrant Latino Poultry Processing and Other Manual Workers. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine: August 2012 - Vol. - Issue 8 - p 995–1001.

http://journals.lww.com/joem/Abstract/2012/08000/Work_Organization_and_Musculoskeletal_Health_.15.aspx
http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0b013e318254640d

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