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Prevention and Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Automobile-related Industries
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Prevention and Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Automobile-related Industries
Lim, Hyeon-Kyo; Luo, Meiling; Kim, Dong-Gyun; Kim, Hong-Young;
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Automobile-related industries have been a few of leading ones among domestic industries reporting high rates of musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD`s). In this paper, major ergonomic aspects of automobile-related works were reviewed with reference to WMSD`s. According to the result, high repeatability of works with as short as 1 minute or less, awkward postures required, excessive forces, and vibrations due to power tools were drawn out as major physical factors. To eliminate or mitigate those factors - at least in automobile-related industries - ergonomic approach has tried for more than a decade. With all, however, ergonomists still seem to confront with several problems to be solved such as development of appropriate assessment tools, enhancement of work improvement activities, system establishment for continuous prevention and management of WMSD`s. As lots of previous researches declared, it was concluded that ergonomic approach would collaborate with other approaches such as ndustrial medicine considering physical factors as well as psychosocial factors, and that the necessity of an integrated Occupational Safety and Health Management System(OHSMS) was mentioned.
Automobile-manufacturing;WMSD;psychosocial factors;Occupational Safety and Health Management System(OHSMS);
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