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Participative development of packages in the food industry – evaluation of ergonomics and productivity by objective measurements
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.
Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet.
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2012 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, Vol. 41, 1751-1755 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Rationalizations generally have a negative effect on health and known risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders. These effects may be reduced by paying attention to modifiers as worker participation and a resonant management style. In this study a participatory approach was used in the food industry in order to improve ergonomics and productivity. The food industry shows a high prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders, and repetitive manual work occurs extensively. Prototypes of new packaging solutions were developed in three cases, and compared in a simulated production to the existing production system through direct measurements of working postures and muscle activity, ratings of physical load, and general productivity data. Measured and rated ergonomic exposures showed that workload was significantly lower for the prototypes, in all three cases. In two cases, the number of handling operations included in the packaging operations were greatly reduced with the prototype package, as were production costs. The impact on disorders of the obtained load reductions is difficult to assess, but we believe that in “critical” situations like this, even small improvements may have an effect. This study shows that workloads during manual handling of packages as well as production costs can be reduced by applying participative development of packages.

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2012. Vol. 41, 1751-1755 p.
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packages, productivity, inclinometry, goniometry, electromyography
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Environmental Health and Occupational Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-11549DOI: 10.3233/wor-2012-0380-1751ISI: 000306361801134Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84859876947OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-11549DiVA: diva2:505417
Available from: 2012-02-23 Created: 2012-02-23 Last updated: 2014-11-11Bibliographically approved

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