A systematic review on the effectiveness of interventions to reduce physical work demands
van der Molen, H.F.
From August 24-29, 2003 in Seoul, Korea the XVth Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association and the 7th Joint Conference of Ergonomics Society of Korea / Japan Ergonomics Society were held. The central theme was "Ergonomics in the digital age". In this paper the effectiveness of interventions aimed at reducing the physical work demands associated with manual (materials) handling in the work situation was systematically reviewed. An electronic literature search was performed in the databases: Embase, Medline, HSE-line, Nioshtic and Nioshtic-2. After application of three inclusion criteria, a total of 38 studies between 1990 and 2001 were included for review. The controlled field studies showed a significant reduction in the physical work demands when lifting devices were part of the intervention. A large number of non-controlled pre-post studies showed effects into the same direction. Most interventions that measured an improvement in process variables used a participatory ergonomic approach or an educational strategy.
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Humanisering van de arbeid
Kwaliteit van de arbeid
Ergonomics Society of Korea, Seoul
Ergonomics in the Digital Age, August 24-29, 2003 Seoul, Korea. Proceedings of the XVth Triennial Congress of the IEA and the 7th Joint Conference of Ergonomics Society of Korea/Japan, 16-18