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TitleManual materials handling: knowledge and practices among Portuguese health and safety practitioners
Author(s)Arezes, P.
Miguel, A. Sérgio
Colim, Ana S.
Issue date2011
PublisherIOS Press
Citation"Work : a journal of prevention, assessment and rehabilitation." ISSN 1051-9815.
Abstract(s)Manual Materials Handling (MMH) has been considered one of the major problems in occupational settings and, accordingly indicated as one of the main reasons for musculoskeletal diseases in a wide variety of workplaces. To ascertain the associated risk, several methodologies need to be identified and/or the risk involved in the MMH task evaluated. The aim of this work was to characterize the knowledge and use of risk assessment methods amongst Portuguese Health and Safety (H&S) practitioners. Methodologically, this study consisted in the application of an online survey whose completion was requested by e-mail to all Portuguese H&S practitioners, as well as to other related prevention professionals. The previously developed and validated questionnaire included three different sections. The first section regarded the company’s characterization. The second section, intended to characterize the situation of the company concerning the MMH tasks while the third section included the characterization of the respondent use and knowledge about risk assessment methods for MMH tasks. The answers obtained were collected amongst almost 350 companies. The characterization of the companies showed that there is a predominance of H&S external services for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and that for large companies the adoption of internal services was the most adopted structure. In what regards the most used and recognized methods, the largest percentage of answers were given to the NIOSH equation, the Key Indicator Method (KIM) and Manual Assessment Chart (MAC) method. Questionnaire results show that a significant part of the H&S practitioners recognise some methods but have difficulty applying them correctly. Finally, some practitioners reported that they had never used any type of risk assessment methods.
Publisher versionDOI: 10.3233/WOR-2011-1189
AccessRestricted access (UMinho)
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