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Ergonomics in agriculture: An Approach in Prevention of Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs)
Industrial Design Deparment, School of Architecture, Iran University of Science & Technology (IUST),Tehran, Iran.
Department of environmental and occupational health, Faculty of medicine & health sciences, Universiti Putra, Seri Kembangan, Malaysia.
Department of environmental and occupational health, Faculty of medicine & health sciences, Universiti Putra, Seri Kembangan, Malaysia.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7393-796X
2014 (English)In: Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, ISSN 2334-2404, Vol. 3, no 2, p. 33-51Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A review of articles was performed by categorizing the selected articles into four approaches – ergonomic design, ergonomics task analysis, educational and epidemiological concepts – in order to highlight the ergonomic problems in the agriculture industry. The articles were retrieved from four search engines “PubMed, Scopus, Metapren, and Ebsco” by using specified key words ‘ergonomics’, ‘agricultural workers’, and ‘awkward posture’. The results highlight that ergonomists are capable of providing a safer work environment for the agricultural workers in both developing and developed countries. In addition, the results show that it needs global cooperation of international organizations to enhance the occupational health intervention in agriculture. Furthermore, the efforts of ergonomists to develop a practical ergonomic task analysis for the interventions in agriculture seem significant, as is the necessity for hand tool designs based on ergonomic considerations. Based on the evaluation of articles and related experiences, a recommended model has been introduced to promote health for farmers. This model covers a participatory ergonomic approach to practical ergonomic changes.

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Madison, USA: American Research Institute for Policy Development , 2014. Vol. 3, no 2, p. 33-51
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Ergonomics, agriculture, WMSDs, task analysis, hand tool design
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-41209OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-41209DiVA, id: diva2:779898
Available from: 2015-01-13 Created: 2015-01-13 Last updated: 2018-09-12Bibliographically approved

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