Development of Prolonged Standing Strain Index to Quantify Risk Levels of Standing Jobs

Isa, Halim (2012) Development of Prolonged Standing Strain Index to Quantify Risk Levels of Standing Jobs. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics (JOSE), 18 (1). pp. 85-96. ISSN 1080-3548

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Abstract

Many occupations in industry such as metal stamping workers, electronics parts assembly operators, automotive industry welders, and lathe operators require working in a standing posture for a long time. Prolonged standing can contribute to discomfort and muscle fatigue particularly in the back and legs. This study developed the prolonged standing strain index (PSSI) to quantify the risk levels caused by standing jobs, and proposed recommendations to minimize the risk levels. Risk factors associated with standing jobs, such as working posture, muscles activity, standing duration, holding time, whole-body vibration, and indoor air quality, were the basis for developing the PSSI. All risk factors were assigned multipliers, and the PSSI was the product of those multipliers. Recommendations for improvement are based on the PSSI; however, extensive studies are required to validate their effectiveness.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
Divisions: Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering > Department of Manufacturing Management
Depositing User: Dr. Isa Halim
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2012 01:33
Last Modified: 28 May 2015 02:38
URI: http://eprints.utem.edu.my/id/eprint/3938
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