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Document ID (ISN)105756
CIS number 06-1477
ISSN - Serial title 1237-0843 - Asian-Pacific Newsletter on Occupational Health and Safety
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lei L., Liang Y.
Title Ergonomic problems among foundry workers in China - A field survey and simulation study in the laboratory
Bibliographic information Nov. 2005, Vol.12, No.3, p.65-67. Illus. 3 ref.
Internet access http://www.ttl.fi/NR/rdonlyres/E2C6828F-263C-49C1-99AD-4C782F627153/0/AsianPacificNewsletter20053.pdf [in English]
Abstract Foundry work has long been regarded as a highly hazardous occupation. It is characterized by high exposures to both physical and chemical hazards, as well as to high ergonomic loading. This article describes a study undertaken to assess ergonomic problems among foundry workers in China. It involved a questionnaire survey and medical examinations of 617 foundry workers, together with job observations and electromyography (EMG) measurements. A second part of the study consisted in EMG measurements among volunteers carrying out simulated foundry tasks in a laboratory. Several recommendations aimed at improving ergonomics and working conditions are proposed on the basis of the findings of the study.
Descriptors (primary) China; foundries; ergonomics
Descriptors (secondary) physical workload; work posture; conditions of work; ergonomic evaluation; job study; electromyography; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceChina
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Foundries, metalcasting and forging operations
Ergonomics