Implications of Ergonomic Health Risks on Workers and Ergonomic Risk Assessment: A Review Study Based on Different Industry Contexts

Authors

  • Jishin Jayan Thrippunath Faculty of Public Health, St Theresa International College
  • Myo Zin Oo Faculty of Public Health, St Theresa International College, Nakhon Nayok, Thailand http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9980-6343
  • Rattanathorn Intarak

Keywords:

Ergonomics health risks, Ergonomic risk assessment, Musculoskeletal disorders, Work related musculoskeletal disorders, Workers

Abstract

Ergonomics and health are two disciplines that have a similar emphasis on how individuals interact with their surroundings. Ergonomic health risks can have serious implications for workers, including increased risk of musculoskeletal disorders, such as back pain, tendonitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. The objective of this review study is to review the implications of ergonomic health risks on workers based on different industry contexts and ergonomic risk assessment. Musculoskeletal diseases were found to be the most commonly reported health outcomes among industrial workers, with the highest frequency among those working in manufacturing, construction, the healthcare sector, and transportation. The prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders was found to be reduced by ergonomic interventions such workstation design and equipment modifications, it also contributes to improving the workforce's health and wellness.

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Published

2023-01-21

How to Cite

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Thrippunath JJ, Oo MZ, Intarak R. Implications of Ergonomic Health Risks on Workers and Ergonomic Risk Assessment: A Review Study Based on Different Industry Contexts. J. Med. Glob. [Internet]. 2023 Jan. 21 [cited 2023 Feb. 6];1(3):149-54. Available from: https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JMedGlob/article/view/260854