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Document ID (ISN)108138
CIS number 08-586
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Vieira E.R., Kumar S., Narayan Y.
Title Smoking, no exercise, overweight and low back disorder in welders and nurses
Bibliographic information Feb. 2008, Vol.38, No.2, p.143-149. Illus. 31 ref.
Abstract This study assessed the association between smoking, lack of exercise, being overweight and low back disorder among welders and nurses. A total of 111 workers (64 welders and 47 nurses working in a steel company and a hospital respectively) completed a questionnaire on their personal and occupational factors. The annual and lifetime rates of work-related low back disorder were respectively 3.4% and 58%. Forty percent of the workers smoked and 49% did not exercise regularly. The lifetime rate of low back disorder was 86% for the workers that smoked and did not exercise, and 66% for the overweight workers. This study shows that low back disorder is common among welders and nurses. Low back disorder preventive programs in industry should include smoking cessation, regular physical activity campaigns and the promotion of healthy eating habits.
Descriptors (primary) sedentary work; smoking; obesity; welding and cutting; backache; nursing personnel; risk factors; lumbar column
Descriptors (secondary) occupational hygiene; health programmes; physical fitness programmes; frequency rates; nutrition; questionnaire survey; plant health services; physical fitness
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Metabolic diseases
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Physical fitness programmes
Health care services
Smoking
Welding and cutting
Nutrition