Processes, barriers and facilitators to implementation of a participatory ergonomics program among eldercare workers

This study aimed to investigate the processes of a participatory ergonomics program among 594 eldercare workers with emphasis on identified risk factors for low back pain and solutions, and reveal barriers and facilitators for implementation.
Sixty-nine per cent of the identified risk factors were physical ergonomic, 24% were organisational and 7% were psychosocial risk factors. Most solutions were organisational (55%), followed by physical (43%) and psychosocial solutions (2%). Internal factors (e.g. team or management) constituted 47% of the barriers and 75% of the facilitators. External factors (e.g. time, financial resources, collaboration with resident or relatives) constituted 53% of the barriers and 25% of the facilitators.
This study revealed the processes and implementation of a participatory ergonomics program among eldercare workers. The findings can be transferred to workers, workplaces, health and safety professionals, and researchers to improve future participatory ergonomics programs.

Source: Charlotte Diana Nørregaard Rasmussena, Naja Klærke Lindbergb, Marie Højbjerg Ravna, Marie Birk Jørgensena, Karen Søgaardb, Andreas Holtermanna. Applied Ergonomics, Volume 58, January 2017, p. 491-499.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2016.08.009

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