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Document ID (ISN)50547
CIS number 88-1733
ISSN - Serial title 0047-1879 - Japanese Journal of Industrial Health - Sangyō-Igaku
Year 1987
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Amano M., Yatsuki K., Umeda G.
Title Cervicobrachial disorders in female school-lunch cooks
Original title Bōchō gakkō kyūshoku joshi chōriin no keikenwan shōgai [in Japanese]
Bibliographic information Sep. 1987, Vol.29, No.5, p.366-374. 22 ref.
Abstract To clarify the relationship between cervicobrachial disorders in female school-lunch cooks and the number of lunches served, cooks of 2 towns were examined medically and their working conditions were compared. The number of cooks in town O just met the standard set by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Science and Culture for the given number of pupils, while town M had more cooks than the required minimum. There were more cooks medically classified as "Normal" in M than in O, and more classified as "Need therapy" in O. Prevalence rates of abnormal median nerve extension tests, painful movement of the neck and muscle tenderness were higher in O cooks than in M cooks, and rates of subjective symptoms were correspondingly higher. The average numbers of lunches and classes per cook were 137 and 3.3, respectively, for O and 114 and 2.9 for M. There was a positive correlation between the number of subjective symptoms and the number of lunches per cook. Overload due to a shortage of cooks was apparently the main cause of the high prevalence of cervicobrachial disorders in O cooks.
Descriptors (primary) physical workload; cervicobrachial syndrome; cooking; group catering
Descriptors (secondary) women; educational institutions
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Nutrition
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system