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Comparative analysis of manual handling practices in kerbside collection of recyclable waste
Government targets for reducing waste going to landfill h ave led to an increase in the processing of domestic waste to reclaim recyclable materials. Manual sorting tasks can occur at the kerbside during waste collection and, if poorly designed, can introduce manual handling risks. This report describes research to better understand the kerbside collection and sorting methods currently employed by the waste industry and to determine how manual handling risks can best be reduced or controlled. Six detailed case studies are presented showing a range of vehicles and processes in operation. Manual...
Troubles musculosquelettiques et santé psychologique
Démarche de soutien aux activités de prise et de répartition des appels d'urgence 9-1-1 La présente étude constitue un prolongement des recherches antérieures ayant pour objectif de réduire les risques psychosociaux associés aux troubles musculosquelettiques et de santé psychologique chez les préposés des centres d'urgence 9-1-1. Elle se fonde plus précisément sur la précédente recherche (Toulouse et coll., 2011) dont les résultats suggéraient la nécessité...
A structural equation modelling method to describe work environment risk factors and musculoskeletal symptoms among hospital nurses
OBJECTIVES: Epidemiological studies have shown that musculoskeletal symptoms are frequent occupational injury and disability among nurses in developing countries. Preventive measures were not able to reduce musculoskeletal disorders significantly in nursing profession. This study was performed to provide a comprehensive assessment of the association among risk factors in developing musculoskeletal symptoms. METHOD: A structural equation model was applied to describe and analyse complex causal relationships from sets of occupational variables involved in musculoskeletal symptoms. A questionnaire...
Effect of systematic ergonomic hazard identification and control implementation on musculoskeletal disorder and injury risk
Objectives: This study aimed to examine the effect of an ergonomic hazard control (HC) initiative, undertaken as part of a company ergonomics standard, on worker injury risk. Methods: Using the company's ergonomic hazards database to identify jobs with and without ergonomic HC implementation and linking to individual job and injury histories, injury risk among person-jobs with HC implementation (the HC group) was compared to those with without HC (NoHC group) using random coefficient models. Further analysis of the HC group was conducted to determine the effect of additional ergonomic hazards...
TMS et facteurs psychosociaux
Dans ce numéro, intitulé « TMS et facteurs psychosociaux », la prévention des risques sera abordée dans une approche globale de la santé au travail. Les TMS sont sans cesse en augmentation dans un contexte de travail marqué par l'intensification, le cumul des contraintes et des évolutions rapides des métiers. Le partage de connaissances et de compétences entre chercheurs et praticiens, issus de plusieurs disciplines, est nécessaire pour faire progresser l'étiologie et les méthodes d'intervention...
Musculoskeletal pain in Europe: the role of personal, occupational, and social risk factors
Objectives The prevalence of musculoskeletal pain in European countries varies considerably. We analyzed data from the fifth European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) to explore the role of personal, occupational, and social risk factors in determining the national prevalence of musculoskeletal pain. Methods Over the course of 2010, 43 816 subjects from 34 countries were interviewed. We analyzed the one-year prevalence of back and neck/upper-limb pain. Individual-level risk factors studied included: sex; age; educational level; socioeconomic status; housework or cooking; gardening and repairs;...
International variation in absence from work attributed to musculoskeletal illness: findings from the CUPID study
Objectives To quantify the variation in rates of absence due to musculoskeletal pain across 47 occupational groups (mostly nurses and office workers) from 18 countries, and to explore personal and group-level risk factors that might explain observed differences. Methods A standardised questionnaire was used to obtain information about musculoskeletal pain, sickness absence and possible risk factors in a cross-sectional survey of 12 416 workers (92–1017 per occupational group). Additionally, group-level data on socioeconomic variables, such as sick pay and unemployment rates, were assembled...
Vibration and mechanical shock exposure strongly associated with prevalence of neck pain
The objective of this study was to determine whether whole-body vibration (WBV) and mechanical shock exposure from quad bike use are associated with the prevalence of neck and low back pain (LBP) in New Zealand farmers and rural workers. Physical exposures (mechanical shocks), employee status, and low levels of workplace satisfaction are all significantly associated with the 12-month prevalence of LBP in this rural workforce that regularly uses quad bikes. Both vibration and mechanical shock exposure were strongly associated with 12-month prevalence of neck pain. The 7-day prevalence of neck pain...
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...
Étude pour intervenir sur la réduction des troubles musculo-squelettiques et de santé psychologique dans les centres d’appels d’urgence 911 de la sécurité publique municipale
Une recherche multidisciplinaire a permis de mieux cerner les dimensions de la charge mentale en lien avec les TMS et les problèmes de santé psychologique des préposés des centres d’appels d’urgence 9-1-1, profession qui a été jusqu’à maintenant peu étudiée par les chercheurs. L’étude démontre que leur travail est loin d’être celui « d’un simple répartiteur d’appels » puisqu’ils doivent faire face avec efficacité à la gestion du flux...
Ergonomics at materials recycling facilities
Conveyor belts are used in several industries to move materials. Using these systems in the workplace can reduce the risks of Musculoskeletal injury (MSD) by avoiding the need for excessive repetitive lifting and carrying. However, conveyor belt workstations should be properly designed to ensure that operators do not excessively lean, stoop, twist, or over-reach, since these repetitive movements can themselves lead to musculoskeletal injury. The workplace, size of the conveyor, type, through put and height of material, and how material is handled, are all factors to consider when assessing the...
An investigation into the use of plasterboard manual handling aids in construction
The purpose of this report is to investigate the manual handling and work related risk factors for MSD associated with the installation of plasterboard, and to evaluate the impact of manual handling aids in terms of risk reduction and the time taken to install plasterboard. Source : http://news.hse.gov.uk/2010/07/06/an-investigation-into-the-use-of-plasterboard-manual-handling-aids-in-construction/
Fit for Work?
Musculoskeletal Disorders in the European Workforce Published: September 2009 Authors: Stephen Bevan, Tatiana Quadrello, Robin McGee, Michelle Mahdon, Anna Vavrovsky, Leela Barham Series: Fit for Work Abstract : This groundbreaking study conducted across 25 European countries and beyond finds that 100 million Europeans suffer from musculoskeletal disorders( MSDs), accounting for 49% of workplace absence and 60% of permanent work incapacity in the EU. It looks at the causes, and crucially, steps that can be taken to reduce the serious, negative socio-economic impact of MSDs Soure : http://www.theworkfoundation...
La revue PISTES consacre son dernier numéro aux TMS
Dans la foulée d'une première conférence organisée à Nancy en 2005, se tenait à Montréal, en juin 2008, la 2 e conférence du Groupe de recherche francophone sur les troubles musculo-squelettiques (TMS). Organisée par l'IRSST et parrainée par la Société d'ergonomie de langue française (SELF) et l'Association canadienne d'ergonomie (ACE), cette conférence, De la recherche à l'action, réunissait plus de 250 participants : chercheurs, praticiens et acteurs des milieux...
Lower limb MSD
Relative to work-related musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremity and lower back area, much less investigative focus has been placed on the prevention of lower limb musculoskeletal disorders and injury (LLD) in the workplace. This work was commissioned to examine more closely the nature and extent of workplace lower limb problems and the causal agents with the aim of informing evidence based guidance and advice for workers and employers. It had the following objectives: • To identify the nature and extent of work related LLD that are suffered by workers as well as key risk factors...

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