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Document ID (ISN)104105
CIS number 05-479
ISSN - Serial title 0007-9936 - Cahiers de médecine interprofessionnelle
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Borel P., Giudicelli M.C., Klarsy D., Liégeois J.M.
Title Study of heart rate measurements during accelerated search for leaks in sewers
Original title Etude cardiofréquencemétrique des recherches accélérées de fuites dans le travail en égout [in French]
Bibliographic information 2004, Vol.44, No.4, p.465-471. Illus. 1 ref.
Abstract This study was carried out at the request of the occupational hygiene committee of a large water supply utility in the Paris region, who sought clarification on the strenuousness of the task of accelerated search for leaks in sewers during continuous working days. This task consists of walking within the sewage system according to a pre-established itinerary. The study was carried out by means of heart rate measurements among seven volunteers aged between 30 and 51 years. It was found that the relative cardiac strain was above 20% in six of the nine measurements, of which two were above 30%. Results show that this activity may cause heart strain, although possibilities for improvement through ergonomic or working procedure changes appear limited.
Descriptors (primary) physical workload; work in sewers; water and sanitation services; pulse rate
Descriptors (secondary) France; heavy work; heart rate monitoring; work time schedules; workload assessment; cardiac hypertrophy
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Cardiovascular diseases
Water and sanitation services
Confined spaces