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Assessment of the development and implementation of tools in contract cleaning
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2840-8510
2012 (English)In: Applied Ergonomics, ISSN 0003-6870, E-ISSN 1872-9126, Vol. 43, no 4, p. 687-694Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper illustrates and discusses problems with the implementation and use of ergonomic tools and techniques in the process of cleaning. Cleaning is an occupation with a high risk of developing work-related disorders. One high-strain task where recommended tools and techniques are difficult to apply is cleaning staircases. This study evaluated the muscular activity of cleaners while mopping staircases using two different mop handles and found that an easily adjustable mop handle can decrease a cleaner’s physical load. The results also show that the implementation and contextualization of the mop are of great importance for how a mop is used. A more holistic approach is needed to improve the benefits of good tools and techniques in cleaning work. More research is needed on how workplace organization can be improved to support the implementation of strategies to increase the health of professional cleaners.

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2012. Vol. 43, no 4, p. 687-694
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics Other Civil Engineering
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Industrial Work Environment; Operation and Maintenance
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-3422DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2011.11.006ISI: 000302843900008PubMedID: 22133974Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84858081517Local ID: 13ee3392-32e6-4e5d-99bc-0b07b44b1d9dOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-3422DiVA, id: diva2:976280
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Validerad; 2012; 20111201 (ysko)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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