A computing task ergonomic risk assessment tool for assessing risk factors of work related musculoskeletal disorders

Mohamad, Siti Shafika (2018) A computing task ergonomic risk assessment tool for assessing risk factors of work related musculoskeletal disorders. Masters thesis, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia.


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Observation method remains to be the most widely applied method in assessing exposure to risk factors for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) related to office works because it is inexpensive and applicable to wide range of office jobs. However, the existing research that applied this method was mainly focused to a limited range of office components and computer accessories such as seat pan, keyboards, mouse, monitor and telephone. In addition, further testing of reliability and validity of the observational method was less reported. This study was conducted to propose the new office ergonomic risk assessment (OFFERA) method to assess a wide range of office risk factors related to WMSDs, which include office components and office environment where this method covers both right and left side of the body part. The initial development of OFFERA method was divided into two stages, the development of OFFERA system components and psychometric properties of OFFERA method. In reliability testing, the results of inter and intra observer reliability recorded good (K=0.62-0.78) and very good (K=0.81-0.96) agreement among the observers. Meanwhile, in validity testing, the relationship of the final score of OFFERA to the musculoskeletal symptoms statistically shows a significant value for wrists/hands (χ²=7.942; p=0.047), lower back (χ²=13.478; p=0.000), knees (χ²=7.001; p=0.008), and ankle/leg (χ²=5.098; p=0.024). The usability testing shows that the OFFERA method was easy and quick to be used (mean 4.48 ± 0.821) and applicable for wide range of office working activities (mean 4.02 ± 0.952). Based on the results obtained, it can be concluded that the OFFERA method was found to be practically reliable and applicable for wide range of office work-related activities.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > TA166-167 Human engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering > Department of Manufacturing Engineering
Depositing User: Miss Afiqah Faiqah Mohd Hafiz
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2021 07:34
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2021 07:34
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/495

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