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 »

Filed under: Musculoskeletal problems, Physical load, Psychosocial exposure, ,

Occupational injuries in emergency responders

emercency respondersEmergency responders frequently incur injuries while providing medical, fire, and law enforcement services. From a study in the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System – Occupational Supplement (NEISS-Work) for injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2000-2001, it turned out that sprains and strains were the leading injury (33-41%) among EMS, firefighter, and police occupations. Police officers and career firefighters had the highest injury rates (8.5 and 7.4 injuries per 100 full-time equivalent workers, respectively). The researchers conclude that The physical demands of emergency response are a leading cause of injuries.

Occupational injuries among emergency responders
Audrey A. Reichard, MPH, OTR, Larry L. Jackson, PhD
American Journal of Industrial Medicine, published Online: 5 Nov 2009

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Filed under: Musculoskeletal problems, Occupational injury, Physical load,

Occupational injuries among aides and nurses in acute care

The objective was to assess risk of work-related injuries in an acute care setting while contrasting injuries of aides and nurses. It turned out that aides had higher overall injury rates than nurses for no-lost work time (RR = 1.2, 95% CI: 1.1-1.3) and lost work time (RR = 2.8, 95% CI: 2.1-3.8) injuries. The risk of an injury due to lifting was greater among aides compared to nurses for both non-lost work time and lost work time injuries. Injury rates among aides were particularly high in rehabilitation and orthopedics units.

Occupational injuries among aides and nurses in acute care
R.L. Rodríguez-Acosta et al. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Occupational diseases, Occupational injury, Reporting OD's, ,

Temporary agency employed workers more at risk

The purpose of this study was to compare the workers’ compensation experience of a large cohort of temporary agency employed workers with those in standard forms of employment. Washington State Fund workers’ compensation data were obtained for claims with injury dates from January 1, 2003 to June 30, 2006, resulting in 342,540 accepted claims. It turns out that temporary agency employed workers have higher claims incidence rates than those in standard employment arrangements. The rate ratios are twofold higher in the construction and manufacturing industry sectors.

Temporary workers in Washington State

Caroline K. Smith, MPH *, Barbara A. Silverstein, PhD, MPH, CPE, David K. Bonauto, MD, MPH, Darrin Adams, BS, Z. Joyce Fan, PhD

American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Early View (Articles online in advance of print)Published Online: 17 Jul 2009 Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Accidents, Occupational injury,

Higher injury risk in female health care workers

nurseTo determine whether female healthcare workers are at higher risk of occupational injury researchers compared compensated work-related injuries among females to injuries among their male colleagues in the British Columbia healthcare sector. It turned out that female workers had significantly higher risk of all injuries [rate ratio (95% CI) = 1.58 (1.24–2.01)] and MSIs [1.43 (1.11–1.85)] compared to their male colleagues.

Differences in injury outcome by gender can be due to various physical, environmental and social factors. Anthropometrically, women are different than men and it has been suggested that even the same exposure or material load may apply greater strain on the average woman than on the average man. Men tend to have more physically strenuous tasks and women more repetitive tasks, which ultimately result in different types of strain.

In addition, gender differences in learning, socialization and upbringing may be contributing factors to variations in workers’ perception of injury risk and their predisposition to claim workers’ compensation or sick leave or to seek healthcare services.

Are female healthcare workers at higher risk of occupational injury? Hasanat Alamgir, Shicheng Yu, Sharla Drebit, Catherine Fast and Catherine Kidd; Occupational Medicine 2009 59(3):149-152 Read the rest of this entry »

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Occupational diseases Singapore 2007

Singapore’s Workplace Safety and Health Advisory Committee (WSHAC) released the 2007 WSH Report which shows continued improvements in Singapore’s WSH performance. Statistics show continued decline in workplace fatalities and serious injuries. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and WSHAC also announced priority areas for 2008 in response to trends highlighted in the Report.Report Highlights:
In all categories, the fatality/injury rate per 100,000 employees shows a decline:

  • Workplace fatality rate fell from 3.1 in 2006 to 2.9 in 2007
  • Permanent disablement rate fell from 8.5 in 2006 to 7.5 in 2007
  • Temporary disablement rate fell from 458 in 2006 to 450 in 2007
  • Occupational disease incidence fell from 33.3 in 2006 to 27.7 in 2007

2008 focus areas of concerns as identified by the report:

  • Work with Machines Dangerous to Hands
  • Flammable and Hazardous Substances
  • Work at Heights
  • Demolition Work
  • Crane-related Activity

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