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Document ID (ISN)111679
CIS number 11-0310
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kee D., Chung M.K., Kim J.H.
Title Legal system and its effect for prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in Korea
Bibliographic information 2011, Vol.41, p.224-232. Illus. 20 ref.
Abstract This article presents the legislation of occupational safety and health regulations for prevention of WMSDs in Korea and investigates its effects through the example of an ergonomic intervention effort in a major motor company. In Korea, WMSDs incidence rates had increased from 1999 to 2003. In 2002, the Korean government established a law prescribing employers' duty of preventing WMSDs, which became effective in July, 2003. It requires that all employers should execute the examination of WMSDs risk factors for eleven designated tasks every three years. In addition to this legal obligation, some large companies voluntarily established an ergonomic intervention program by carrying out in-depth assessments for stressful tasks. Thanks to Korean government and industry's efforts, the incidence rates of WMSDs have continually decreased from 2004 onwards.
Descriptors (primary) Korea, Republic of; musculoskeletal diseases; ergonomic evaluation; responsibilities of employers; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) ergonomics; frequency rates; comment on law
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceKorea, Republic of
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Administration, legislation
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Framework legislation
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system