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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND LOW BACK PAIN AMONG AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY WORKERS IN SELANGOR PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 August 2014 15:19

Noor Sazarina Mad Isa @ Yahya1,2,  Baba Md Deros1, Mazrura Sahani2, Ahmad Rasdan Ismail3

1Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

2Environmental Health and Industrial Safety Programme, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

3Faculty of Creative Technology and Heritage, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan.

ABSTRACT

Substantial studies reported musculoskeletal disorders among the working population in the developed country, however, a limited number of studies were conducted in Malaysia. The objective of this cross sectional study was to determine the physical activity risk factors for low back pain among automotive workers in Selangor. Modified Risk Factors Questionnaire (RFQ) was used to assess physical activity with the occurrence of low back pain. The significant physical activities associated with the 12 months point prevalence are lifting weight (<5 kg and 11-23 kg) and climbing stairs, not using any mechanical lifting aid, and postures (extreme bending, pushing and pulling, standing, kneeling, and bending and twisting). These findings indicate that the occupational risk factors mainly the physical demands were significant risk for low back pain among manual material handling (MMH) workers. Work task and workstation design should be regularly evaluated and corrective measures need to be taken. In addition, proper lifting technique and occupational safety and health promotion program should be emphasized among MMH workers.

Keyword: Low back pain; manual material handling (MMH); physical activity, risk factors.

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