Developing a comprehensive approach to risk management of musculoskeletal disorders in non-nursing health care sector employee
Applied Ergonomics, Volume 45, Issue 6, November 2014, Pages 1634-1640
Jodi Oakman, Wendy Macdonald, Yvonne Wells
This study of selected jobs in the health care sector explored a range of physical and psychosocial factors to identify those that most strongly predicted work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) risk. A self-report survey was used to collect data on physical and psychosocial risk factors from employees in three health care organisations in Victoria, Australia. Multivariate analyses demonstrated the importance of both psychosocial and physical hazards in predicting WMSD risk and provides evidence for risk management of WMSDs to incorporate a more comprehensive and integrated approach. Use of a risk management toolkit is recommended to address WMSD risk in the workplace.