Occupational Ergonomics / Edition 1

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Work related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs) are the leading cause of worker impairment, disability, compensation costs and loss of productivity in industrialized countries. The aging of the workforce and the increased diffusion of physically demanding jobs contribute to the widespread concern about musculoskeletal disorders.
The effective prevention of work related musculoskeletal disorders needs a multidisciplinary approach, drawing together experience from backgrounds in engineering, mechanics, physiology, occupational medicine and psychology; all considered in the context of ergonomics.
This book is a collection of lectures on both back and upper limb musculoskeletal disorders presented at an International Course sponsored by the Nordic Institute for Advanced Training in Occupational Health (NIVA), and the University of Bologna in September 1999. The lectures were given by renowned international researchers on the subject and therefore the book provides a comprehensive overview of all critical issues related to musculoskeletal disorders at work. The book forms an update to the latest research in the field and will interest a wide range of professionals and researchers in ergonomics as well as in the fields from which the material is drawn.
The book covers the main topics addressed in dealing with occupational ergonomics including:
" occupational biomechanics
* physiology
* epidemiology
* psychosocial issues
* medical diagnosis and management
* ergonomic solutions

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Richard Alan Graveling, BSc, MSc, PhD (Institute of Occupational Medicine)
Description: As the title suggests, this book provides an overview of work related musculoskeletal disorders of the upper limb and back. It is effectively a course text, with edited chapters by the contributors to a course on this topic.
Purpose: The aim of this book is to present an overview of the critical issues related to musculoskeletal disorders at work, bringing together the latest research in this field. As such, it provides a valuable summary of an important area of occupational health. Those already active in this field will recognize many of the contributors who collectively present a learned and comprehensive overview.
Audience: According to the cover, this book will be of interest to a wide range of professionals and researchers in ergonomics, occupational health, epidemiology, psychology, and engineering. It will also serve as an important source of information for policy makers! According to the preface, some course participants would have preferred a different, or more detailed, emphasis on specific topics, such as prevention strategies. In my opinion, as is inevitable with such a comprehensive overview in a slim (220-page) volume, it will appeal more to those seeking a general perspective than to those in search of specific detailed guidance.
Features: The authoritative tone of the book is set by the first chapter, providing a useful overview of methodological issues in epidemiology before a chapter on the available epidemiological evidence. This is valuable in providing an understanding of what can (and cannot) be deduced from different types of epidemiological study. As quoted from the preface, the book does perhaps have more of an emphasis on risk factors and their identification, rather than prevention, although this is not excluded. Included within this is the rehabilitation of those with problems and a brief summary of cost benefit analyses. Curiously, for a text originating from the European Union (although many of its contributors are from the U.S.), the chapter on regulatory issues makes no reference to the Directive on Display Screen Equipment. Indeed, little reference is made to office-oriented assessments and interventions. Similarly, although the EU Directive on Manual Handling is referred to, there is no presentation of the ergonomic assessment required in accordance with this legislation. Although this may seem parochial to non-EU readers, it is important as it provides a reasonably concise and comprehensive presentation of manual handling risk factors in a practical context.
Assessment: Despite this shortcoming, this attractively produced book undoubtedly achieves its intended purpose, providing a valuable synopsis of the current state of knowledge. It will be particularly useful to those new to the field wishing to rapidly assimilate an overview. It will also be of use, however, to those already working within one area wishing to familiarize themselves with the broader picture.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748409334
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Methodological Issues in Epidemiologic Studies of Musculoskeletal Disorders 2. Epidemiology of Work-related Back Disorders 3. Epidemiology of Neck and Upper Limb Disorders and Workplace Factors 4. Psychosocial Factors at Work in Relation to Musculoskeletal Conditions - Implications for Job Design and Rehabilitation 5. Analysis and Design of Jobs for Control of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs) 6. The Psychosocial Approach to Risk Assessment in Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders 7. Health Disorders Caused by Occupational Exposure to Vibration 8. Screening for Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Disorders: Research and Practice 9. Surveillance for Musculoskeletal Problems 10. Case Definitions for Upper Limb Disorders 11. Back Risk Factors: An Overview 12. Psychosocial Studies of Materials Handling (NIOSH Lifting Equation) 13. Biomechanical Models in High Exertion Manual Jobs 14. Cost-benefit of Ergonomic Improvement 15. Clinical Case Management and Rehabilitation of Workers with Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Disorders: A Model for Integration of Medical and Ergonomic Approaches 16. Experiences in Redesigning Jobs Featuring Repetitive Tasks 17. Regulatory Issues in Occupational Ergonomics

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