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Evaluation of Cleaning Postures in Different Working Environments
Luleå tekniska universitet.
2004 (English)In: Building Bridges for Healthy Workplaces: Proceedings of the XVIII Annual International Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, Houston, Texas, May 19-22, 2004 / [ed] L.J.H. Schultze, 2004Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Cleaning is considered to be a highly physically demanding job, of which high cardiovascular load, high frequency of awkward postures, and unpleasant working environments are common features. The aim of this study was to analyze cleaning postures in an office working environment with two different scenarios, one with electric and computer cables on the floor and one without. Ten healthy professional cleaners participated in this study. The OWAS method and rating of perceived exertion using the Borg scale were used in the analysis. Results show that in an improved working environment the total working time for floor mopping reduced from 36% to 33%. Results also indicated that in an improved working environment the working postures while floor mopping did not fall into OWAS categories 3 and 4. While mopping floor with cables on the floor, the working postures fell into categories 4 and 3. The cleaners rated floor mopping with cables on the floor to be more strenuous on the Borg scale than mopping the floor without cables sprawled over it. It can be concluded from the study that working in an improved environment can lead to better working postures which, in turn, leads to a better health of cleaners

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Industrial Design
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-30637Local ID: 48269e60-37bd-11dd-8721-000ea68e967bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-30637DiVA, id: diva2:1003866
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Annual International Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference : 19/05/2004 - 22/05/2004
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Godkänd; 2004; 20080611 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2017-11-25Bibliographically approved

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