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Title: Prevalence and risk factors of musculoskeletal disorders among Myanmar migrant workers in Thai seafood industries
Authors: Kyaw Thu Soe
Orapin Laosee
Suwassa Limsatchapanich
Cheerawit Rattanapan
Myanmar Ministry of Health
Mahidol University
Samutsongkram Provincial Health Office
Keywords: Engineering
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2015
Citation: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics. Vol.21, No.4 (2015), 539-546
Abstract: © 2015 Central Institute for Labour Protection – National Research Institute (CIOP-PIB). A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted with self-administered questionnaires among 368 Myanmar migrant workers to investigate the prevalence of and to determine the risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the Thai seafood industry. The results showed the prevalence of MSDs was 45.1% occurring in the last 7 days. Marital status, number of dependents, other health problems, working hours, repetitive hand movements, awkward posture of wrists, prolonged standing, and manual handling of heavy loads were found to be associated with MSDs. Multiple logistic regression indicated that the workers who were married, had more than two dependents, and had more exposure to awkward wrist postures were at significantly increased risk of MSDs. The study findings suggest the need for adequate knowledge of ergonomics and for awareness campaign programs focusing on prevention of MSDs, especially low back pain, to be initiated in industries for earlier detection of symptoms among seafood processing workers.
ISSN: 10803548
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2011-2015

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