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Document ID (ISN)111570
CIS number 11-0196
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Luttmann A., Schmidt K.H., Jńger M.
Title Working conditions, muscular activity and complaints of office workers
Bibliographic information 2010, Vol.40, p.549-559. Illus. 42 ref.
Abstract Job content, work tools, equipment layout and musculoskeletal complaints were studied for 69 employees of a German tax office by means of questionnaires. In addition, a work-physiological field investigation regarding muscular strain and fatigue was performed during total working days under normal working conditions for a subgroup of 13 subjects. Surface electromyograms (EMG) of four shoulder and arm muscles were recorded during the total working shift; simultaneously the workflow was documented applying an encoding procedure. At four points in time, acute musculoskeletal complaints were documented using a specific questionnaire. Findings are discussed. It is concluded that self-organization of the work by the subjects, namely by changing the work posture, work sequence or work pace to decrease in muscular activation in the course of the working day is helpful to prevent muscular complaints.
Descriptors (primary) office work; conditions of work; musculoskeletal diseases; government services; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) Germany; psychology of work organization; electromyography; job study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Occupational physiology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Office work