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Document ID (ISN)112224
CIS number 11-0890
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Choobineh A., Motamedzade M., Kazemi M., Moghimbeigi A., Pahlavian A.H.
Title The impact of ergonomics intervention on psychosocial factors and musculoskeletal symptoms among office workers
Bibliographic information 2011, Vol.41, p.671-676. 74 ref.
Abstract This study aimed to investigate psychosocial risk factors and musculoskeletal symptoms among office workers of an Iranian oil refinery and also to examine the subsequent effects of ergonomics intervention on musculoskeletal discomfort and psychosocial risk factors. A total of 73 office workers as a case group and 61 office workers as a control group were randomly selected and examined. The Nordic Musculoskeletal Disorders Questionnaire and the Persian version of the Job Content Questionnaire (P-JCQ) were used as collecting data tools before and after the interventional program. Low back problem (28.8%) was found to be the most common problem among the office workers. Significant differences found between prevalence rates of reported musculoskeletal in upper back, lower back and feet/ankle regions before and after intervention. Findings showed that psychosocial variables were not affected by the intervention which consisted in ergonomic traning sessions. The only variables on the P-JCQ that were significantly different pre/post intervention are the physical variables: physical job demands, physical exertion and physical isometric load. None of the other psychosocial variables were found to be significant. With management support, improvements in all office workstation components were made successfully.
Descriptors (primary) office work; musculoskeletal diseases; psychology of work organization; ergonomics
Descriptors (secondary) Iran, Islamic Republic of; questionnaire survey; programme evaluation; frequency rates
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Psychology and sociology
Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Stress, psychosocial factors
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Office work
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system