Print Email Facebook Twitter Towards exposure limits for working postures and musculoskeletal symptoms - a prospective cohort study Title Towards exposure limits for working postures and musculoskeletal symptoms - a prospective cohort study Author Coenen, P. Douwes, M. van den Heuvel, S. Bosch, T. Publication year 2016 Abstract Occupational postures are considered to be an important group of risk factors for musculoskeletal pain. However, the exposure-outcome association is not clear yet. Therefore, we aimed to determine the exposure-outcome association of working postures and musculoskeletal symptoms. Also, we aimed to establish exposure limits for working postures. In a prospective cohort study among 789 workers, intensity, frequency and duration of postures were assessed at baseline using observations. Musculoskeletal pain was assessed cross-sectionally and longitudinally and associations of postures and pain were addressed using logistic regression analyses. Cut-off points were estimated based on ROC-curve analyses. Associations were found for kneeling/crouching and low-back pain, neck flexion and rotation and neck pain, trunk flexion and low-back pain, and arm elevation and neck and shoulder pain. The results provide insight into exposure-outcome relations between working postures and musculoskeletal symptoms as well as evidence-based working posture exposure limits that can be used in future guidelines and risk assessment tools. Practitioner Summary: Our study gives insight into exposure-outcome associations of working postures and musculoskeletal symptoms (kneeling/crouching and low-back pain, neck flexion/rotation and neck pain, trunk flexion and low-back pain, and arm elevation and neck and shoulder pain). Results furthermore deliver evidence-based postural exposure limits that can be used in guidelines and risk assessments. Subject LifeWHC - Work, Health and CareELSS - Earth, Life and Social SciencesWork and EmploymentWorkplaceHealthy LivingExposure assessmentMusculoskeletal painOccupational healthWork postures To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:b52fe967-e79a-4851-af8f-b12b11d76548 TNO identifier 533382 Source Ergonomics, 59 (9), 1182-1192 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.