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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2008 | Volume: 8 | Issue: 7 | Page No.: 1262-1267
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2008.1262.1267
 
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Investigation of Risk Factors of Work-Related Upper-Limb Musculoskeletal Disorders in a Pharmaceutical Industry

Mohammad Pourmahabadian, Mehdi Akhavan and Kamal Azam

Abstract:
This study was performed among workers of an Iranian pharmaceutical industry with the aiming to determine WRMDs prevalence and exposure assessment of WRMDs risks. In this cross-sectional study, 84 female and male workers randomly selected from five packing operations. Modified Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire (NMQ) was applied to study the prevalence of WRMDs and Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA) method was used for the evaluation of the exposure to risk factors associated with work-related upper limb disorders. Results showed a significant association exists between neck, lower arm and A scores group with those obtained by self-reported pain (p<0.01). Similar RULA grand scores of 3 and 4 and action level of 2 were found for workers in five packing operations. Also, the results of this study revealed that RULA method is a fairly suitable tool for the evaluation of WRMDs among packing workers in pharmaceutical industry.
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Mohammad Pourmahabadian, Mehdi Akhavan and Kamal Azam , 2008. Investigation of Risk Factors of Work-Related Upper-Limb Musculoskeletal Disorders in a Pharmaceutical Industry. Journal of Applied Sciences, 8: 1262-1267.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2008.1262.1267

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jas.2008.1262.1267

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