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Document ID (ISN)100010
CIS number 02-1467
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Carrivick PJ.W., Lee A.H., Yau K.K.W.
Title Consultative team to assess manual handling and reduce the risk of occupational injury
Bibliographic information May 2001, Vol.58, No.5, p.339-344. 19 ref.
Abstract The objective of the study was to describe the formation of a consultative team to assess the risk of manual handling within the cleaning services department of a hospital in Western Australia, and to evaluate the effectiveness of its recommendations in reducing the rate and severity of workers' compensation injury. Statistical analysis showed that implementation of the recommendations significantly reduced numbers and rates of injury, but not the severity of injury, in the cleaning services study group. There was no difference in numbers or severity of injuries for the comparison groups before and after implementation of the recommendations. The recommendation of the consultative team can produce a meaningful and sustained reduction in rates of injury within a risk population. The results support a consultative approach to reducing workplace injuries from manual handling. The team process has potential for application to occupational groups at risk of exposure to other types of hazards.
Descriptors (primary) occupational accidents; manual handling; workers' participation; domestic and related helpers, cleaners; hospitals
Descriptors (secondary) Australia; Western Australia; hazard evaluation; comparative study; frequency rates; severity rates; evaluation of technique
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceAustralia; Hong Kong
Subject(s) Materials handling and storage
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Workers' participation
Domestic workers