Pushing and pulling: An assessment tool for OHS practitioners

A tool has been developed for supporting practitioners when assessing manual pushing and pulling operations based on an initiative by two global companies in the manufacturing industry. The aim of the tool is to support occupational health and safety practitioners in risk assessment and risk management of pushing and pulling operations in the manufacturing and logistics industries. It is based on a nine-multiplier equation that includes a wide range of factors affecting an operator's health risk and capacity in pushing and pulling. These multipliers are based on psychophysical, physiological, and biomechanical studies in combination with judgments from an expert group consisting of senior researchers and ergonomists. In order to consider usability, more than fifty occupational health and safety practitioners (e.g. ergonomists, managers, safety representatives, and production personnel) participated in the development of the tool. An evaluation by 22 ergonomists supports that the push/pull tool is user friendly in general.

Source: Lind, C. M. (2016). International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, 1-40.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10803548.2016.1258811

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