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Document ID (ISN)110517
CIS number 10-0066
ISBN(s) 978-2-89631-436-2
Year 2010
Convention or series no. Etudes et recherches R-645
Author(s) Marchand D., Giguère D.
Title Risks of upper limb musculoskeletal disorders in the automobile services sector - Exploratory study
Original title Les risques de troubles musculo-squelettiques aux membres supérieurs dans le secteur des services à l'automobile - Etude exploratoire [in French]
Bibliographic information Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail du Québec (IRSST), 505 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H3A 3C2, Canada, 2010. ix, 103p. Illus. 44 ref. Price: CAD 12.60. Downloadable version (PDF format) free of charge.
Internet access http://www.irsst.qc.ca/files/documents/PubIRSST/R-645.pdf [in French]
Abstract In the automobile maintenance and repair sector, upper limb musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are responsible for longer absences and higher costs than in many other workplaces. Tool weights and postures required for their use are among the potential factors in the incidence of these MSDs. However, the physical constraints imposed on mechanics, painters and car body repairers by the use of their tools are still poorly evaluated, and therefore poorly understood. In this study, 10 tasks considered to risk causing upper limb MSDs were analyzed. It involved 46 observation sessions with the participation of 35 workers in 12 workshops and garages. Each task studied was found to have its own upper limb MSD risk profile. The report presents the main problems observed, as well as the approaches recommended or applied by some of the workers.
Descriptors (primary) Quebec; service stations and repair shops; vehicle servicing and accessories; musculoskeletal diseases; upper extremity disorders; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) Canada; power-driven hand tools; vibrating tools; work posture; job study; safe working methods; public OSH institutions; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceQuebec
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Metalworking industry