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Document ID (ISN)102825
CIS number 03-1941
ISSN - Serial title 0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Chapman L.J., Newenhouse A.C., Meyer R.H., Taveira A.D., Ben-Tzion K., Ehlers J.J., Palermo T.
Title Evaluation of an intervention to reduce musculoskeletal hazards among fresh market vegetable growers
Bibliographic information Jan. 2004, Vol.35, No.1, p.57-66. Illus. 26 ref.
Internet access 03-1941.pdf [in English]
Abstract This intervention was conducted to convince small, fresh market vegetable operations to adopt mesh bags and standard containers, two production practices that aid in crop handling and that are known to improve labour efficiency and reduce the risks of musculoskeletal injuries. The intervention disseminated information about the practices to a list of vegetable growers identified through various sources. They also received a mailed questionnaire before and after the intervention. After the intervention, levels of self-reported adoption increased for both containers and bags. It is concluded that improved information flow to growers may be able to increase the speed with which agricultural practices with better ergonomics are adopted, especially when the practices are more profitable.
Descriptors (primary) musculoskeletal diseases; horticulture; manual handling; ergonomics
Descriptors (secondary) information dissemination; subjective assessment; programme evaluation; bags; questionnaire survey; containers
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system