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Uncertainty in monetary cost estimates for assessing working postures using inclinometry, observation or self-report
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, Occupational health science. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6561-5423
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, Occupational health science. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5055-0698
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, Occupational health science. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1443-6211
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Psychology, Social work.
2018 (English)In: Applied Ergonomics, ISSN 0003-6870, E-ISSN 1872-9126, Vol. 71, p. 73-77Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: To assess uncertainty in cost estimates for collecting posture data by inclinometry, observations and self-report.

Method: In a study addressing physical workloads at a paper mill, costs were calculated for measuring postures of twenty-eight workers during three shifts. Uncertainty in costs was assessed for all three methods as the range between an assumed best case (lowest cost) and worst case (highest cost) using scenario analysis.

Results: The cost for observation was larger, but also more uncertain (€16506 and €89552 in the best and worst case, respectively) than that of inclinometry (€7613 - €45896). Self-report costs were both lower and less uncertain (€3743 - €23368).

Conclusions: The extent of uncertainty in cost estimates implies that observation could be less expensive than inclinometry, e.g., in a scenario where experienced observers could use existing software, while inclinometers would have to be purchased. We propose adding uncertainty assessments to cost estimates when selecting a method for measuring working postures, and offer guidance in how to proceed in a specific setting.

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2018. Vol. 71, p. 73-77
Keywords [en]
Cost components, scenario analysis, exposure assessment
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Occupational Health and Environmental Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-25532DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2018.04.005ISI: 000437366400009PubMedID: 29764616Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85046100007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-25532DiVA, id: diva2:1157119
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2010-0748Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2009-1761Available from: 2017-11-15 Created: 2017-11-15 Last updated: 2018-09-14Bibliographically approved

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