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Document ID (ISN)112294
CIS number 12-0119
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Driessen M.T., Proper K.I., Anema J.R., Knol D.L., Bongers P.M., van der Beek A.J.
Title Participatory ergonomics to reduce exposure to psychosocial and physical risk factors for low back pain: Results of a cluster randomised control trial
Bibliographic information Sep. 2011, Vol.68, No.9, p.674-681. Illus. 40 ref.
Internet access Participatory_ergonomics_to_reduce_exposure_[BUY_THIS_ARTICLE] [in English]
Abstract This study investigated the effectiveness of a participatory ergonomics programme to reduce workers' exposure to psychosocial and physical risk factors. 3047 workers from 37 departments of four Dutch companies participated in this cluster randomised controlled trial; 19 departments (1472 workers) were randomised to an intervention group (participatory ergonomics) and 18 departments (1575 workers) to a control group (no participatory ergonomics). During a 6h meeting guided by an ergonomist, working groups devised ergonomic measures to reduce psychosocial and physical workload and implemented them within three months in their departments. Data on psychosocial and physical risk factors for low back pain and neck pain were collected at baseline and after six months. Psychosocial risk factors were measured using the Job Content Questionnaire and physical risk factors using the Dutch Musculoskeletal Questionnaire. Intervention effects were studied using multilevel analysis. Intervention group workers significantly increased on decision latitude and decision authority compared to control workers. However, exposure to awkward trunk working postures significantly increased in the intervention group compared to the control group. No significant differences between the intervention and control group were found for the remaining risk factors. Participatory ergonomics was not effective in reducing exposure to psychosocial and physical risk factors for low back pain and neck pain among a large group of workers.
Descriptors (primary) backache; psychology of work organization; ergonomics; workers' participation; health programmes; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) Netherlands; physical workload; work posture; case-control study; cohort study; programme evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Workers' participation