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Document ID (ISN)106428
CIS number 07-482
ISSN - Serial title 0339-6517 - Documents pour le médecin du travail
Year 2006
Convention or series no. DMT107TF152
Author(s) Arnaudo B., Hamon-Cholet S., Waltisperger D.
Title Postural and osteoarticular constraints at work
Original title Les contraintes posturales et articulaires au travail [in French]
Bibliographic information 3rd Quarter 2006, No.107, p.329-336. Illus. 7 ref.
Internet access$File/TF152.pdf [in French]
Abstract This article summarizes the main findings concerning postural constraints drawn from the SUMER 2002-2003 survey of all occupational exposures in France. According to the survey, 32% of workers are exposed to physically tiring situations, including frequent walking, prolonged standing postures and repetitive movements carried out at a rapid pace. Twenty-one percent are required to adopt strenuous postures, either kneeling, with arms stretched upwards or with a twisted torso, and 10% are exposed to cervical constraints. In all, one worker in two is subjected to at least one postural constraint that can be considered high. Strenuous postures concern primarily craftsmen and trades workers, but also women employed in retail or in domestic housekeeping. Physically tiring postures concern primarily male workers in industry, while women working in industry are particularly exposed to repetitive movements, and women office workers and managers suffer cervical constraints.
Descriptors (primary) France; job-exposure relation; exposure evaluation; work posture
Descriptors (secondary) repetitive work; physical workload; standing posture; fatigue; cervical column; domestic and related helpers, cleaners; survey; retail trade; sex-linked differences; craft and related trades workers; upper extremities
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Domestic workers
Work posture