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Document ID (ISN)101701
CIS number 03-945
ISSN - Serial title 1047-322X - Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lu J.L.P.
Title Risk factors for low back pain among Filipino manufacturing workers and their anthropometric measurements
Bibliographic information Mar. 2003, Vol.18, No.3, p.170-176. Illus. 12 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) manufacturing industries; Philippines; risk factors; lumbar column; backache; anthropometry
Descriptors (secondary) bending posture; standing posture; musculoskeletal diseases; ergonomics; design of equipment; cross-sectional study; job study; sex-linked differences; statistical evaluation; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvincePhilippines
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system