|Document ID (ISN)||101701|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1047-322X - Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
|Convention or series no.
||Risk factors for low back pain among Filipino manufacturing workers and their anthropometric measurements
||Mar. 2003, Vol.18, No.3, p.170-176. Illus. 12 ref.
||This cross-sectional study investigates low back pain among workers in manufacturing industries in the Philippines. Various workstations from 31 industrial enterprises were studied. 544 randomly-selected workers within these industries were sampled for anthropometric measurements, among whom 495 were surveyed for possible lumbar symptoms by means of a questionnaire. Responses showed that 5.1% experienced discomfort and 2% had trunk rigidity. Logistic regression showed that low back pain was significantly associated with leaning, bending, carrying for 2-8 hours and standing for 2-8 hours. Low back pain was also found to affect work performance. The results of the anthropometric measurements of male and female workers are discussed. It is recommended that these results be used for the design of working equipment ergonomically adapted to Filipino workers.
||manufacturing industries; Philippines; risk factors; lumbar column; backache; anthropometry
||bending posture; standing posture; musculoskeletal diseases; ergonomics; design of equipment; cross-sectional study; job study; sex-linked differences; statistical evaluation; questionnaire survey
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Philippines|
||Ergonomics and work organization
|Broad subject area(s)
||Diseases of the musculoskeletal system