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Document ID (ISN)107571
CIS number 08-221
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2006
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Cole D.C., Hogg-Johnson S., Manno M., Ibrahim S., Wells R.P., Ferrier S.E.
Title Reducing musculoskeletal burden through ergonomic program implementation in a large newspaper
Bibliographic information Nov. 2006, Vol.80, No.2, p.98-108. Illus. 51 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to assess the impact of a workplace ergonomic programme to reduce musculoskeletal burden among employees of a large Canadian newspaper. It involved 1003 employees from all major departments who were surveyed in 1996 and 813 who were surveyed in 2001. Data were collected by means of questionnaires. Elements of the ergonomic program included employee repetitive strain injury training, proactive assessment of workstations and early treatment of injuries through on-site physiotherapy. Through the implementation of the programme, it was possible to bring about significant improvements in a number of physical and psychosocial risk factors. The frequency and duration of musculoskeletal pain episodes were reduced. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) health programmes; printing industry; journalism; musculoskeletal diseases; ergonomics; Canada
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; workplace design; symptoms; safety and health training; ergonomic evaluation; repetitive strain injury; frequency rates; programme evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Paper-making and printing
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Workplace health promotion
Communications industry
Printing, photography and photocopying industry