On physiological demands and sustainability in meat cutting
2014 (English)In: Ergonomics, ISSN 0014-0139, E-ISSN 1366-5847, Vol. 58, no 3, 463-479 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Meat cutters' work has been investigated by several researchers. However, knowledge about the physiological demands of meat cutting is almost lacking. The aim of this explorative study was to assess physiological demands in meat cutting, to compare them with International Labour Organization (ILO) recommendations for acceptable workload and to discuss the findings in relation to individual and work-related factors. In accordance with the ILO recommendations, work was categorised as sustainable or non-sustainable based on critical relative aerobic strain (RAS) levels. Twenty-one beef and pork cutters participated in the study, which included workload measurements, assessment of workplace and individual factors. Thirteen meat cutters were categorised as having non-sustainable and eight as having sustainable work. Results suggest that the workload is higher in beef cutting than in pork cutting, and that longer work experience is related to lower RAS. Other factors contributing to the physical workload are discussed.
Practitioner Summary: Meat-cutting work may exceed recommended physical workload levels. Beef cutting is physically more demanding than pork cutting. Furthermore, factors such as years in the profession, knife sharpness, work pace, wage system, working technique, maximum oxygen uptake level and muscular strength should be considered when planning actions regarding the workload for meat cutters.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2014. Vol. 58, no 3, 463-479 p.
RAS; heart rate; workload; MSDs; oxygen consumption
Environmental Health and Occupational Health
Research subject Technology and Health
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-157145DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2014.975287ISI: 000349379700010ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84922792135OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-157145DiVA: diva2:769369
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