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Title: Work - related musculoskeletal disorders among printing workers : self-administered quetionnaire and physical examintion
Authors: Chanthong A.
Mekhora K.
Akamanon C.
Kurustien N.
Arunthip Chanthong
Keerin Mekhora
Chanut Akamanon
Nopparat Kurustien
อรุณทิพทย์ จันทร์ทอง
คีรินท์ เมฆโหรา
ชนัตถ์ อาคมานนท์
นพรัตน์ คุรุเสถียร
Mahidol University. Faculty of Physical Therapy
Keywords: Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders;Printing Workers;Prevalence
Issue Date: 2008
Abstract: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) are commonly found in working population. In Thailand, WMSDs have also increased continuously, especially in the industrial workers. Work characteristics such as repetitive and forceful movements have been reported to increase the risk of WMSDs. The printing job is likely to have both repetitive and forceful movements. However this type of work in Thailand has not been reported on the prevalence and related risk factors of WMSDs. This study aimed to survey prevalence and identify factors affecting WMSDs among Thai printing workers in a government based printing office. Self-administered questionnaire modified from the Standardized Nordic Questionnaire was used to survey 394 printing workers. The contents in the questionnaire were about musculoskeletal problems, work characteristics, individual and psychosocial factors. In addition, physical examination in 352 workers by experienced physical therapists was performed to ascertain the musculoskeletal complaints in the workers. From the survey, 78.68% of workers who were sent questionnaires responded. Of these, 82.1% complained of musculoskeletal disorders during the last 12 months in the following body parts, low back (45.7%), shoulder (41.4%) and wrist/hand (36.1%) respectively. Physical work factors, individual factors, and psychosocial factors were found to be associated with WMSDs. Physical examination unvieled similar musculoskeletal problems in the low back (22.4%), wrist/hand (19.3%) and shoulder (16.8%). These problems were caused by bone, joint, and ligament disorders (34.7%), muscular disorders (29.5%) and tendon disorders (17.6%). In conclusion, printing workers had high prevalence of WMSDs; therefore, preventive measures should be immediately provided to improve their working conditions.
Description: Proceeding of The 9th Southeast Asian Ergonomics Society Conference. Bangkok, Thailand. 22-24 October 2008.page 1-9
URI: http://repository.li.mahidol.ac.th/dspace/handle/123456789/32918
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