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Document ID (ISN)112022
CIS number 11-0664
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Caicoya M., Delclos G.L.
Title Work demands and musculoskeletal disorders from the Spanish national survey
Bibliographic information Sep. 2010, Vol.60, No.6, p.447-450. 10 ref.
Internet access Work_demands.pdf [in English]
Abstract The objective of this study was to use the 2003 Spanish National Survey of Work Conditions to examine prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and physical load at work. Using a representative sample of 5236 persons from the Spanish workforce, the prevalence of carrying or lifting heavy loads, use of significant force and repetitive movements was examined among those with and without MSDs. Use of significant force and carrying heavy weights decreased inversely in relation to exposure time and was always higher among those with MSD symptoms or work-related injury. For repetitive movements, prevalence increased with longer duration of exposure and was also significantly higher in those with MSD symptoms, except in the shortest duration category. One-third of workers used significant force during part of their shifts, while 4% were exposed for >50% of their work shift, suggesting that 500,000 workers in Spain are at high risk of musculoskeletal injury. Moreover, repetitive movements involving >50% of the work shift affected 30% of workers. To reduce the high incidence of MSDs and work-related injury in Spain, preventive interventions should be directed at these risk factors.
Descriptors (primary) Spain; conditions of work; musculoskeletal diseases; physical workload; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) repetitive work; muscular work; manual lifting; questionnaire survey; length of exposure
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Risk evaluation