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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...
The impact of a multifaceted ergonomic intervention program on promoting occupational health in community nurses
Introduction Community nurses are exposed to high physical demands at work resulting in musculoskeletal disorders. The present study examined the short- and long-term benefits of a multifaceted intervention program designed especially for community nurses in Hong Kong. Methods Fifty community nurses working in 4 local hospitals participated in the study. All of them underwent an 8-week intervention program consisting of ergonomic training, daily exercise program, equipment modification, computer workstation assessment and typing training. Results All participants showed significant improvement...
The Ergonomic Program Implementation Continuum (EPIC): Integration of health and safety
A process evaluation in the healthcare sector INTRODUCTION: This article presents a health and safety intervention model and the use of process evaluation to assess a participatory ergonomic intervention. METHOD: The effectiveness of the Ergonomic Program Implementation Continuum (EPIC) was assessed at six healthcare pilot sites in Ontario, Canada. The model provided a framework to demonstrate evaluation findings. RESULTS: Participants reported that EPIC was thorough and identified improvements related to its use. Participants believed the program contributed to advancing an organizational culture...
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...

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