Educational intervention for reducing work-related musculoskeletal disorders and promoting productivity

Abareshi, F. and Yarahmadi, R. and Solhi, M. and Farshad, A.A. (2015) Educational intervention for reducing work-related musculoskeletal disorders and promoting productivity. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, 21 (4). pp. 480-485.

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Background and objectives.Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) are the main causes of pain, suffering, absenteeism, disability and reduction in productivity. This research aims to determine the role of training intervention based on protection motivation theory in reducing WMSDs and promoting productivity. Methodology. The conducted study was based on a quasi-experimental design (control) that was carried out on 158 employees of the Kabl Khodro factory which were divided into two groups of 79 people. After splitting the 158 workers, an experimental and control group was formed. The data collection instruments were made up of two questionnaires and were analysed using a quick exposure check (QEC) method. Result.Before intervention in both the experimental and control groups, there were no significant differences among the average protection motivation theory constructs, productivity and QEC scores (p <0.05). However, following training intervention there was a significant increase in these factors within the investigated group apart from the perceived response costs and efficacy. Conclusion. The conducted study shows that ergonomic training based on the protection motivation theory is effective in reducing musculoskeletal risk factors and that increased knowledge of the subject can lead to an increase in productivity. © 2015 Central Institute for Labour Protection-National Research Institute (CIOP-PIB).

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