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Exposure assessment in different occupational groups at a hospital using Quick Exposure Check (QEC): a pilot study
Work and Environmental Medicine, Umeå University Hospital, Umeå, Sweden.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7543-4397
Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden.
2012 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 41, no Suppl. 1, 5718-5720 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In order to test the feasibility and sensitivity of the ergonomic exposure assessment tool Quick Exposure Check (QEC), a pilot-study was conducted. The aim was to test QEC in different occupational groups to compare the exposure in the most common work task with the exposure in the work task perceived as the most strenuous for the neck/shoulder region, and to test intra-observer reliability. One experienced ergonomist observed 23 workers. The mean observation time was 45 minutes, waiting time and time for complementary questions included. The exposure scores varied between the different occupational groups as well as between workers within the occupational groups. Eighteen workers rated their most common work task as also being the most strenuous for the neck/shoulder region. For the remaining five workers, the mean exposure score were higher both for the neck and shoulder/arm in the most common work task. Intra-observer reliability shows agreement in 86% of the exposure interactions in the neck and in 71% in the shoulder/arm. QEC seems to fulfill the expectations of being a quick, sensible and practical exposure assessment tool that covers physical risk factors in the neck, upper extremities and low back.

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2012. Vol. 41, no Suppl. 1, 5718-5720 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-16644DOI: 10.3233/WOR-2012-0929-5718ISI: 000306361805194PubMedID: 22317663ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84859825987OAI: diva2:716720
Available from: 2014-05-12 Created: 2014-05-12 Last updated: 2016-06-28Bibliographically approved

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