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Wagenaar, A.F. (author), Kompier, M.A.J. (author), Houtman, I.L.D. (author), van den Bossche, S. (author), Smulders, P.G.W. (author), Taris, T.W. (author)
Study aim: We hypothesise that due to a lower quality of working life and higher job insecurity, the health and workrelated attitudes of temporary workers may be less positive compared to permanent workers. Therefore, we aimed to (1) examine differences between contract groups (i.e. permanent contract, temporary contract with prospect of...
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Coenen, P. (author), Mathiassen, S.E. (author), Kingma, I. (author), Boot, C.R.L. (author), Bongers, P.M. (author), van Dieën, J.H. (author)
Objectives: Exposure-outcome studies, for instance on work-related low-back pain (LBP), often classify workers into groups for which exposures are estimated from measurements on a sample of workers within or outside the specific study. The present study investigated the influence on bias and power in exposure-outcome associations of the sizes of...
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Andries, F. (author), Kremer, A.M. (author), Hoogendoorn, W.E. (author), Wevers, C.W.J. (author), van Putten, D.J. (author)
The Work and Handicap Questionnaire (WHQ) was developed to improve the vocational perspectives of patients with a chronic disorder. The WHQ differs from similar instruments in its explicit linkage between disabilities in daily life and job demands. This is an important feature, which allows for the development of specific strategies to counter...
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van de Ven, H.A. (author), Brouwer, S. (author), Koolhaas, W. (author), Goudswaard, A. (author), de Looze, M.P. (author), Kecklund, G. (author), Almansa, J. (author), Bültmann, U. (author), van der Klink, J.J.L. (author)
In this cross-sectional study associations were examined between eight shift schedule characteristics with shift-specific sleep complaints and need for recovery and generic health and performance measures. It was hypothesized that shift schedule characteristics meeting ergonomic recommendations are associated with better sleep, need for recovery...
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Jacobs, J.H. (author), Meijster, T. (author), Meijer, E. (author), Suarthana, E. (author), Heederik, D. (author), TNO Kwaliteit van Leven (author)
Background: Occupational airway diseases are common among bakers. The present study describes the association between exposure to wheat allergen levels and sensitization to wheat allergens, work-related upper and lower respiratory symptoms and asthma in bakery workers. Methods: As part of a Health Surveillance System for early detection of ...
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Blok, M.M. (author), de Looze, M.P. (author)
This paper explores the suggestion that older people would be less tolerant to shift work. Field studies on age-shift work interaction effects on sleep, fatigue, performance, accidents and health were reviewed. Studies on age-shift (morning, afternoon, night) and age-shift system (roster) interactions were also reviewed. In nine studies, shift...
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Proper, K.I. (author), van der Beek, A.J. (author), Hildebrandt, V.H. (author), Twisk, J.W.R. (author), van Mechelen, W. (author)
Background: An individual's current status of physical activity and nutrition and readiness to change can be determined using PACE assessment forms. Practitioners have suggested that feedback on the fitness and health components can produce a change in a subject's awareness of their behaviour and thereby lead to a beneficial change in stage of...
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Heerkens, Y.F. (author), de Weerd, M. (author), Huber, M. (author), de Brouwer, C.P. (author), van der Veen, S. (author), Perenboom, R.J. (author), van Gool, C.H. (author), ten Napel, H. (author), von Bon-Martens, M. (author), Stallinga, H.A. (author), van Meeteren, N.L. (author)
Purpose: The ICF (International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health) framework (used worldwide to describe 'functioning' and 'disability'), including the ICF scheme (visualization of functioning as result of interaction with health condition and contextual factors), needs reconsideration. The purpose of this article is to...
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Coenen, P. (author), Kingma, I. (author), Boot, C.R.L. (author), Bongers, P.M. (author), van Dieën, J.H. (author)
The trade-off between feasibility and accuracy of measurements of physical exposure at the workplace has often been discussed, but is unsufficiently understood. We therefore explored the effect of two low-back loading measurement tools with different accuracies on exposure estimates and their associations with low-back pain (LBP). Low-back...
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Boot, C.R.L. (author), Koppes, L.L.J. (author), van den Bossche, S.N.J. (author), Anema, J.R. (author), van der Beek, A.J. (author)
Introduction: To improve work participation in individuals with a chronic illness, insight into the role of work-related factors in the association between health and sick leave is needed. The aim of this study was to gain insight into the contribution of work limitations, work characteristics, and work adjustments to the association between...
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Coenen, P. (author), Kingma, I. (author), Boot, C.R.L. (author), Douwes, M. (author), Bongers, P.M. (author), van Dieën, J.H. (author)
Work-related musculoskeletal pain (MSP) risk assessments by trained observers are often used in ergonomic practice; however, the validity may be questionable. We investigated the predictive value of work-site MSP risk estimates in a prospective cohort study of 1745 workers. Trained observers estimated the risk of MSP (neck, shoulder or low-back...
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van Scheppingen, A.R. (author), de Vroome, E.M.M. (author), ten Have, K.C.J.M. (author), Bos, E.H. (author), Zwetsloot, G.I.J.M. (author), van Mechelen, W. (author)
Objective: To examine the effectiveness of an organizational large-scale intervention applied to induce a health-promoting organizational change process. Design and Methods: A quasi-experimental, "as-treated" design was used. Regression analyses on data of employees of a Dutch dairy company (n =324) were used to examine the effects on bonding...
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Douwes, M. (author), de Kraker, H. (author)
To support health and safety practitioners in their obligation of risk assessment the 'Hand Arm Risk Assessment Method' (HARM) was developed. This tool can be used by any type of company for risk assessment of developing arm, neck or shoulders symptoms (pain) resulting from light manual tasks.This paper describes the development of HARM1.0. A...
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Jans, M.P. (author), van den Heuvel, S.G. (author), Hildebrandt, V.H. (author), Bongers, P.M. (author), TNO Kwaliteit van Leven (author)
OBJECTIVE: To determine the relation between body mass index (BMI) and absenteeism. METHODS: Data were collected in a prospective cohort study (n = 1284). Multilevel analyses (linear mixed model with random intercept) with two levels (employee and company) were used to test whether BMI was related to duration and frequency of absenteeism and...
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Klein Hesselink, J. (author), de Leede, J. (author), Goudswaard, A. (author), TNO Kwaliteit van Leven (author)
This article reports a field study of a shift roster change in a large steel producer. The changes in the roster are threefold: (1) from backward rotating to forward rotating; (2) from rather slow (three) to fast rotating (two consecutive shifts); (3) the number of days off after the night shifts was changed from two to three. Company data cover...
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Verweij, L.M. (author), Coffeng, J. (author), van Mechelen, W. (author), Proper, K.I. (author)
This meta-analytic review critically examines the effectiveness of workplace interventions targeting physical activity, dietary behaviour or both on weight outcomes. Data could be extracted from 22 studies published between 1980 and November 2009 for meta-analyses. The GRADE approach was used to determine the level of evidence for each pooled...
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Proper, K.I. (author), Koning, M. (author), van der Beek, A.J. (author), Hildebrandt, V.H. (author), Bosscher, R.J. (author), van Mechelen, W. (author)
Objective: To critically review the literature with respect to the effectiveness of worksite physical activity programs on physical activity, physical fitness, and health. Data Sources: A search for relevant English-written papers published between 1980 and 2000 was conducted using MEDLINE, EMBASE, Sportdiscus, CINAHL, and Psychlit. The key...
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Taris, T.W. (author), Ybema, J.F. (author), Beckers, D.G.J. (author), Verheijden, M.W. (author), Geurts, S.A. (author), Kompier, M.A.J. (author)
BACKGROUND: It has often been suggested that high levels of overtime lead to adverse health outcomes. One mechanism that may account for this association is that working overtime leads to elevated levels of stress, which could affect worker's behavioral decisions or habits (such as smoking and lack of physical activity). In turn, this could lead...
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Oude Hengel, K.M. (author), Bosmans, J.E. (author), van Dongen, J.M. (author), Bongers, P.M. (author), van der Beek, A.J. (author), Blatter, B.M. (author)
Background: To prolong sustainable healthy working lives of construction workers, a prevention program was developed which aimed to improve the health and work ability of construction workers. The objective of this study was to analyze the cost-effectiveness and financial return from the employers' perspective of this program. Methods: A total...
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Andersen, L.L. (author), Proper, K.I. (author), Punnert, L. (author), Wynne, R. (author), Persson, R. (author), Wiezer, N.M. (author)
For most humans work is an important fact of life and something that is necessary for survival and individual wellbeing. However, the circumstances under which we work may vary considerably and are, in part, contingent on geographical location, governmental regulations, design of social welfare systems, production systems, and human resource...
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