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COMPER, Maria Luiza Caires  and  PADULA, Rosimeire Simprini. Ergonomic risk assessment in textile industry workers by two instruments: quick exposure check and job factors questionnaire. Fisioter. Pesqui. [online]. 2013, vol.20, n.3, pp.215-221. ISSN 1809-2950.

The analysis of ergonomic risk factors that are present in the textile industry helps to plan strategies that can contribute to the improvement of work conditions and the consequent reduction of musculoskeletal disorders. This study aimed at measuring levels of exposure to ergonomic risk factors among workers of two production sections in a textile factory. For this purpose, the instruments Job Factors Questionnaire (JFQ) and Quick Exposure Check (QEC) were applied in 107 workers. The results were analyzed through descriptive statistics. We used Mann-Whitney's test to compare the results between the production sections. The level of exposure to ergonomic risks, obtained through both instruments, was moderate. The risk factors considered as being critical by the JFQ are related to environmental temperature, posture maintained over long periods of time, inadequate spinal posture, and to working even when the worker feels pain or sustains injuries. The QEC identified regions of the lumbar spine and wrists/hands as being exposed to high risk. There were no statistically significant differences between the sections.

Keywords : risk assessment; ergonomics; questionnaire; textile industry.

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