Ramazzini; Blog on work and health by Annet Lenderink


Also beautiful music can cause pain…

Playing related musculoskeletal disorders can cause big problems for professional musicians: 

Musculoskeletal pain is common in elite professional musicians. In this study the researchers tried to assess the prevalence and impact of this pain in relation to playing conditions, mental health and performance anxiety. They found that a major personal risk factor is somatizing tendency, but performance anxiety has less impact. Risks differ substantially by instrument played, offering pointers towards prevention. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ergonomic measures may work if used

748869_construction_in_processThe primary aim of this follow-up study was to evaluate the association between the use of ergonomic measures and musculoskeletal complaints among construction workers during an informational campaign on sector level. The researchers conclude that despite a large informational campaign, regular use of ergonomic measures remained low in a 4.5 year period. Regular use of the majority of ergonomic measures was associated, although not statistically significantly, with a lower likelihood of lower back or shoulder complaints.

The use of ergonomic measures and musculoskeletal complaints among carpenters and pavers in a 4.5-year follow-up study
Van der Molen HF, Sluiter JK, Frings-Dresen MH. Ergonomics. 2009 Aug;52(8):954-63 Read the rest of this entry »

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Assessment of work-related musculoskeletal disorder

From the informative website of the Brtitish HSE, aimed at the food and drink manufacture, but also useable in other work situations in my opinion.

Work related musculoskeletal disorders, usually upper limb, neck and back problems – are a significant problem in food and drink manufacture. A Quick Exposure Check (QEC) is a practical tool for individual physical work activities to be assessed in collaboration with the worker. It has been designed to be quick (3 pages), easy to use and does not require extensive training before use.

More detailed guidance on work related upper limb disorders (WRULDs) can be found in HSE publication:

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