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Titolo:
LIGHT AND HEAVY WORK IN THE HOUSEKEEPING SERVICE OF A HOSPITAL
Autore:
MESSING K; CHATIGNY C; COURVILLE J;
Indirizzi:
UNIV QUEBEC,CTR ETUD INTERACT BIOL ENTRE SANTE & ENVIRONM,CINBIOSE,CP8888,SUCCURSALE CTR VILLE MONTREAL PQ H3C 3P8 CANADA
Titolo Testata:
Applied Ergonomics
fascicolo: 6, volume: 29, anno: 1998,
pagine: 451 - 459
SICI:
0003-6870(1998)29:6<451:LAHWIT>2.0.ZU;2-8
Fonte:
ISI
Lingua:
ENG
Soggetto:
MAXIMUM WEIGHTS; DISORDERS; WOMEN; STRENGTH; CLEANERS; DESIGN; TASKS; LOAD;
Keywords:
HOUSEKEEPING; CLEANING; LIGHT WORK; REPETITIVE STRAIN INJURY; WORK ANALYSIS; ERGONOMICS; WOMENS WORK; WORK ORGANIZATION;
Tipo documento:
Article
Natura:
Periodico
Settore Disciplinare:
Physical, Chemical & Earth Sciences
Science Citation Index Expanded
Citazioni:
48
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Citazione:
K. Messing et al., "LIGHT AND HEAVY WORK IN THE HOUSEKEEPING SERVICE OF A HOSPITAL", Applied Ergonomics, 29(6), 1998, pp. 451-459

Abstract

Work is organized based in part on the perceptions, by managers and workers, of workers, their abilities and the characteristics of the work to be done. Physical tasks in factories and services have often beendivided into 'light and 'heavy', a division that often corresponds formally or informally to gender. We have observed the work of cleaners on wards and in offices in an acute-care hospital, using several indicators of workload to identify and characterize typical work situations. 'Heavy' work was characterized by neutral postures, walking, repetitive movements involving the articulations of the upper limb pushing a 1-6 kg (wet or dry) mop, with occasional more intense effort. 'Light' work was characterized by flexed postures, walking, rapid repetitive movements involving the articulations of the upper limb and light weights (dusting); or 1-3 kg weights (emptying wastebaskets), with more occasional intense effort. We did not discover any compelling reason to divide cleaning into 'light' and 'heavy' work. Task assignment by sex may appear to be a solution to excessive job demands which would be better addressed by job re-design. (C) 1998 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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