Reduction of work-related musculoskeletal risk factors following ergonomics education of sewing machine operators

Bulduk S., Bulduk E. O. , SÜREN T.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND ERGONOMICS, vol.23, no.3, pp.347-352, 2017 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/10803548.2016.1262321
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.347-352
  • Keywords: ergonomics education, sewing machine operators, quick exposure check, musculoskeletal disorders, EXPOSURE CHECK QEC, DISORDERS, INTERVENTION, SYMPTOMS, INDUSTRY, NECK, RELIABILITY, SHOULDER
  • Ankara Haci Bayram Veli University Affiliated: Yes


Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) are a major hazard for sewing machine operators. Ergonomics education is recommended for reducing musculoskeletal disorders at workstations. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of an ergonomics education in reducing the exposure to risk factors for WMSDs among sewing machine operators. In this study of 278 workers, their exposure to the risk of WMSDs was assessed using the quick exposure check scale prior to them attending an ergonomics education programme and then again 3 months after the programme. The scores for risk exposure before the education programme were moderate for back (static) and back (dynamic), high for shoulder/arm and very high for wrist/hand and neck. The results obtained 3 months later were low for back (static) and shoulder/arm, and moderate for back (dynamic), wrist/hand and neck. Based on our results, ergonomics education can reduce the exposure to risk factors for WMSDs in the workplace.