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Document ID (ISN)103350
CIS number 04-379
ISSN - Serial title 1077-3525 - International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Chee H.L., Rampal K.G.
Title Work-related musculoskeletal problems among women workers in the semiconductor industry in Peninsular Malaysia
Bibliographic information Jan.-Mar. 2004, Vol.10, No.1, p.63-71. 28 ref.
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Abstract A cross-sectional study to identify the prevalence of musculoskeletal problems and work-related risk factors was conducted among 906 women semiconductor workers. Data on working conditions, work postures and body pains were collected by means of questionnaires. Logistic regression showed that lower-limb pain was significantly associated with standing, neck and shoulder pain with sitting and lifting, upper-back pain with climbing steps, low back pain with hand and wrist movements, and hand and wrist pain with lifting. Neck and shoulder pain was significantly higher for workers with shorter working durations, while lower-limb pain was significantly higher for workers with longer working durations. End-of-line assembly workers had significantly higher odds ratios for pain at all sites, while middle-of-line workers had higher odds ratios for pain in neck and shoulders and upper back. Finally, wafer-fabrication workers had higher odds ratios for low back pain and pain in the lower limbs.
Descriptors (primary) Malaysia; semiconductor devices; work posture; women; electronics industry; risk factors; musculoskeletal diseases
Descriptors (secondary) lifting of loads; lower extremities; work efficiency; assembly-line work; sitting posture; standing posture; hours of work; lumbar column; hand; neck disorders; backache; wrist; shoulder; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; statistical evaluation; frequency rates; speed of work
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceMalaysia
Subject(s) Other industries and occupations
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Electronics industry
Manufacturing of electrical appliances and equipment
Work posture