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Assessment of risk factors and the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders by QEC and Body Map operational units of the gas refinery in Iran and its Meta-Reflection
Department of Occupational Health, School of Health, Ardabil University of Medical Sciences, Ardabil.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences.
Department of Occupational Health, School of Health, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz.
Department of Ergonomics, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Science, Tehran.
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2016 (Persian)In: Journal of Heath, ISSN 2382-9710, Vol. 7, no 1, 35-50 p., 7Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Introduction: This study aims to evaluate the risk factors and the prevalence of WMSDs disorders using QEC and Body Map techniques in operational units took a gas refineries and its Meta-Reflection.Method and Material: This case study assessed 254 operators in three distinct phases. First, 72 workstation posture was evaluated by using of QEC. Secondly was intended for employees of WMSDs were assessed using by Body Map. After conducting interview with relevant directors, the effectiveness of such studies has been analyzed through Meta-Reflection.Results: Based on results came from QEC survey, the operators’ average scores was %53/8. Moreover, results of Body Map assessment showed that the highest organs of WMSDs were back and knee extrusions (47% and 46% respectively). Also, lack of ergonomics policy and plan within refinery has demonstrated by interviews. Meta-Reflection, on the other hand, showed that because of incomplete learning cycles in the mentioned surveys which only provide WMSDs’ status, workstations’ ergonomics condition, and introduce expert based solutions. Thus, such surveys not only have incomplete study plan, but also have less impact on improving overall health, safety and ergonomics within this organization.Conclusion: This research proves that non-ergonomic conditions result in awkward postures and subsequent physical disorders. Overall, this study has showed a gap from this kind of the work on the learning cycles at organizational levels, a trend should be considered to interactive research work on the workplaces with improved and promoted system ergonomics attitude.

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2016. Vol. 7, no 1, 35-50 p., 7
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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Human Work Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-7395Local ID: 5c43a1b3-e023-4fe2-ab92-25d376ec2ca9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-7395DiVA: diva2:980284
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Godkänd; 2016; 20160305 (fahe)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2017-11-24Bibliographically approved

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