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Document ID (ISN)110026
CIS number 09-1173
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Haukka E., Leino-Arjas P., Viikari-Juntura E., Takala E.P., Malmivaara A., Hopsu L., Mutanen P., Ketola R., Virtanen T., Pehkonen I., Holtari-Leino M., Nykänen J., Stenholm S., Nykyri E., Riihimäki H.
Title A randomized controlled trial on whether a participatory ergonomics intervention could prevent musculoskeletal disorders
Bibliographic information Dec. 2008, Vol.65, No.12, p.849-856. Illus. 42 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to examine the efficiency of a participatory ergonomics intervention in preventing musculoskeletal disorders among kitchen workers. It involved 504 workers of 119 kitchens in Finland. Kitchens were randomized to intervention and control groups. The 11 to 14-month intervention guided the workers to identify strenuous work tasks and seek solutions for decreasing physical and mental workload. Altogether 402 ergonomic changes were implemented. Individual data on musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and sick leave were collected by means of questionnaires at baseline, every three months during the intervention and during a follow-up after one year. No systematic differences in any outcome variable were found between the intervention and control groups.
Descriptors (primary) Finland; cooking; workers' participation; ergonomics; hotel industry; musculoskeletal diseases
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; physical workload; programme evaluation; questionnaire survey; case-control study; mental workload
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Hotels and restaurants
Workers' participation