A case study on manual handling at an electronic component manufacturing company

Baba Md Deros, D. D I Daruis, Jaharah A Ghani, C. Salleh, R. M. Wazir, M. K. Yasim, N. H. Hassan, M. F M Wazir, M. S. Saidin, W. N A W Noridan, M. S. Saidi

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Abstract

This An Ergonomic hazard often exists in any industry. However, majority of the employees are not aware of practicing good body posture until the MSDs symptoms become permanent and chronic. The main objective of this study is to determine the manual handling problems among workers at an electronic component manufacturing company. The scope of this study focused on the study entire body disorders among workers on electronic manufacturing company using the Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA). A cross sectional study involving observation of the workplace, the work task and the working environment, photographs and videos taken during the observation. Later, a survey questionnaire was given to the respondents to obtain their socio-demography information, work activity and health problems. Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA) was conducted on all respondents to determined REBA scores in different work positions. The study was conducted at an electronic component manufacturing company located in Klang Valley, Selangor. A total of 124 workers were surveyed and REBA assessment was performed on 20 workers at Company X production area. It includes 5 categories of position at Company X, such as:loading steel bar into casing; pushing the steel bar, turning movement while adjusting the steel bar, adjusting steel bar into the loading area, unloading steel bar from casing into the machine. The study found that turning section has the highest MSDs problems regarding manual handling because majority of the respondents in the turning department felt the pain while performing their work. This is due to their job demand, which they need to handle with tools weighing from 200 to 400 kg. The REBA scores showed that17 out of 20 respondents performing turning operations, moving and pushing the steel bar recorded the highest score of 11 or more which are categorize in the very high risk group. The position of pushing and turning steel bar while moving the steel bar has higher risk that contributed to the ergonomics risk factor, which in-turn can contribute to Muscular Skeletal Disorders (MSDs). More detailed investigation and remedial measures should be taken immediately, especially for the workers performing the manual handlings activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalMalaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine
Volume1
Issue numberSpecialissue1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Human Engineering
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Handling (Psychology)
Posture
Workplace
Industry
Cross-Sectional Studies
Demography
Surveys and Questionnaires
Pain
Health

Keywords

  • Employee
  • Ergonomic
  • Hazard
  • Health
  • Manual handling
  • MSDs
  • REBA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Md Deros, B., Daruis, D. D. I., A Ghani, J., Salleh, C., Wazir, R. M., Yasim, M. K., ... Saidi, M. S. (2016). A case study on manual handling at an electronic component manufacturing company. Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 1(Specialissue1), 1-6.

A case study on manual handling at an electronic component manufacturing company. / Md Deros, Baba; Daruis, D. D I; A Ghani, Jaharah; Salleh, C.; Wazir, R. M.; Yasim, M. K.; Hassan, N. H.; Wazir, M. F M; Saidin, M. S.; Noridan, W. N A W; Saidi, M. S.

In: Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, Vol. 1, No. Specialissue1, 2016, p. 1-6.

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Md Deros, B, Daruis, DDI, A Ghani, J, Salleh, C, Wazir, RM, Yasim, MK, Hassan, NH, Wazir, MFM, Saidin, MS, Noridan, WNAW & Saidi, MS 2016, 'A case study on manual handling at an electronic component manufacturing company', Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, vol. 1, no. Specialissue1, pp. 1-6.
Md Deros B, Daruis DDI, A Ghani J, Salleh C, Wazir RM, Yasim MK et al. A case study on manual handling at an electronic component manufacturing company. Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine. 2016;1(Specialissue1):1-6.
Md Deros, Baba ; Daruis, D. D I ; A Ghani, Jaharah ; Salleh, C. ; Wazir, R. M. ; Yasim, M. K. ; Hassan, N. H. ; Wazir, M. F M ; Saidin, M. S. ; Noridan, W. N A W ; Saidi, M. S. / A case study on manual handling at an electronic component manufacturing company. In: Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine. 2016 ; Vol. 1, No. Specialissue1. pp. 1-6.
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