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Document ID (ISN)108914
CIS number 08-1426
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Wahlstr÷m J., Burstr÷m L., Hagberg M., Lundstr÷m R., Nilsson T.
Title Musculoskeletal symptoms among young male workers and associations with exposure to hand-arm vibration and ergonomic stressors
Bibliographic information Apr. 2008, Vol.81, No.5, p.595-602. 20 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to explore the relationship between the incidence of musculoskeletal symptoms in the neck and upper limbs and exposure to hand-arm vibration and ergonomic stressors. Data were collected by means of self-administered questionnaires at baseline and at a follow-up period six to twelve months later. The study population consisted of 586 male students who had graduated from vocational high schools in 2001-2003 in Sweden. It was found that subjects reporting a daily vibration exposure of more than one hour at baseline had an increased risk of neck pain in the preceding seven days at follow-up (prevalence ratio 3.29). Subjects with 8h weighted vibration exposure above 1.7m/s2 had an increased risk of developing neck pain compared to those with an exposure level below 0.5m/s2. The increased risks remained when adjusting for postural and mental stress. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) hand-arm vibration; risk factors; cervicobrachial syndrome; ergonomics
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; Sweden; male workers; work posture; young persons; exposure evaluation; questionnaire survey; stress factors; musculoskeletal diseases
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system