Biomechanical hazards

Burgess-Limerick, R. (2012). Biomechanical hazards. In Health and Safety Professionals Alliance (Ed.), The core body of knowledge for generalist OHS professionals (pp. 1-16) Tullamarine, Vic., Australia: Safety Institute of Australia.

Author Burgess-Limerick, R.
Title of chapter Biomechanical hazards
Title of book The core body of knowledge for generalist OHS professionals
Place of Publication Tullamarine, Vic., Australia
Publisher Safety Institute of Australia
Publication Year 2012
Sub-type Chapter in textbook
ISBN 9780980874310
Editor Health and Safety Professionals Alliance
Chapter number 16
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Total chapters 39
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) as a result of manual tasks are responsible for nearly half of all workers’ compensation claims in Australia. While the causation of MSDs is multi-factorial, biomechanical hazards creating body-stressing forces and movements are the major cause of such injuries. Assessing the risk of MSDs and developing effective control measures requires an understanding of how forces and movements damage human anatomical structures and the factors impacting on the risk of injury. The generalist Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) professional has a key role in identifying and assessing the risk of biomechanical hazards; however, specialist ergonomic advice may be required for analysis of risk factors and identification of risk control priorities. A framework is provided for designing and implementing controls through a ‘participatory ergonomics’ approach.
Keyword Biomechanics
Musculoskeletal disorder
Q-Index Code BX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Description: 1 v. (in various pagings) : ill. ; 30 cm.

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Created: Sat, 08 Sep 2012, 14:26:43 EST by Dr Robin Burgess-limerick on behalf of Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre