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Document ID (ISN)104728
CIS number 06-228
ISSN - Serial title 0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
Year 2005
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Polanyi M.F., Cole D.C., Ferrier S.E., Facey M.
Title Paddling upstream: A contextual analysis of implementation of a workplace ergonomic policy at a large newspaper
Bibliographic information Mar. 2005, Vol.36, No.2, p.231-239. Illus. 31 ref.
Abstract Efforts to implement workplace ergonomic programs aimed at reducing work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) have to address multiple physical and psychosocial aspects of work environments, yet contextual factors often limit their success. This article describes the processes involved in an ergonomic program to reduce neck and upper limb WMSDs at a large Canadian newspaper. Using qualitative data collection and analysis methods, the impacts of key contextual characteristics are illustrated, including those relating to the programme (management commitment, union involvement, experience and skill of programme leaders, researcher involvement), the organization (drive for productivity, management control, organizational culture) and the broader social context (economic climate, nature of newspaper work, technology and nature of WMSD).
Descriptors (primary) musculoskeletal diseases; journalism; implementation of control measures; ergonomics
Descriptors (secondary) Canada; work organization; workers' participation; role of management; role of workers' organizations
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Communications industry
Workers' participation