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Pushing and pulling: an assessment tool for occupational health and safety practitioners
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Health Systems Engineering, Ergonomics. (Ergonomics)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5979-5504
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, ISSN 1080-3548, 1-13 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

A tool has been developed for supporting practitioners when assessing manual pushing and pulling operations based onan initiative by two global companies in the manufacturing industry. The aim of the tool is to support occupational healthand safety practitioners in risk assessment and risk management of pushing and pulling operations in the manufacturingand logistics industries. The tool is based on a nine-multiplier equation that includes a wide range of factors affecting anoperator’s health risk and capacity in pushing and pulling. These multipliers are based on psychophysical, physiological andbiomechanical studies in combination with judgments from an expert group consisting of senior researchers and ergonomists.In order to consider usability, more than 50 occupational health and safety practitioners (e.g., ergonomists, managers, safetyrepresentatives and production personnel) participated in the development of the tool. An evaluation by 22 ergonomistssupports that the push/pull tool is user friendly in general.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2016. 1-13 p.
Keyword [en]
Manual Handling, Pushing, Pulling, Low Back Pain, LBP, LBD, MSD, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Risk Assessment, Risk Management, Ergonomics, Ergonomi, Human factors, Force Exertions, Psychophysics, Physiology, Simulation, OHS, OSH, safety, Occupational Health, Usability
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Industrial Engineering and Management; Production Engineering; Planning and Decision Analysis; Transport Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-198613DOI: 10.1080/10803548.2016.1258811ScopusID: 2-s2.0-85006867704OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-198613DiVA: diva2:1057610
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AFA Insurance, 090168Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 010-1563
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QC 20170117

Available from: 2016-12-19 Created: 2016-12-19 Last updated: 2017-01-17Bibliographically approved

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