Effectiveness of a participatory action oriented training intervention approach among harvesters in oil palm plantation

Ng Yee Guan, Shamsul Bahri Mohd Tamrin, Ismi Arif Ismail, Gede Pramudya Ananta, Zailina Hashim, Irwan Syah Mohd Yusoff, Baba Md Deros, Shahriman Abu Bakar, Azmin Sham Rambely

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Consistent with the global demand for palm oil, the intensified upstream harvesting activities of oil palms' fresh fruit bunches, despite the harvesters evidences of various ergonomics risk factors leading to musculoskeletal disorders should be a cause for concern. Thus, this study describes the effectiveness of a modified and locally adapted Participatory Action-Oriented Training intervention program in improving the working environment of the harvesters. A training program modified and customized to the harvesters' working in oil palm plantation consist of 3 primary instrument (awareness video, interactive lecture and action checklist) with 3 reinforcing activities (to increase knowledge, enhance understanding and practical application). Based on the result of post-intervention assessment, the self-reported prevalence of MSD and KAP score among Intervention Group (IG) did not significantly differ from Control Group (CG). Instead of decreasing, the prevalence of MSD in the past 12 months and 7 days increased within IG. Qualitative findings in this research show that the negative psychosocial and organizational climate has severely affected the implementation of PAOT rendering the effect of the intervention approach. The interventions were ineffective on the IG as this study suffers from various situational barriers as obstacles to benefit the full extent of PAOT advantages.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)681-693
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2014

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Keywords

  • Ergonomics
  • Harvester
  • Intervention
  • Oil Palm Plantation
  • Participatory Action-Oriented Approach

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Effectiveness of a participatory action oriented training intervention approach among harvesters in oil palm plantation. / Guan, Ng Yee; Tamrin, Shamsul Bahri Mohd; Ismail, Ismi Arif; Ananta, Gede Pramudya; Hashim, Zailina; Yusoff, Irwan Syah Mohd; Md Deros, Baba; Bakar, Shahriman Abu; Rambely, Azmin Sham.

In: American Journal of Applied Sciences, Vol. 11, No. 4, 11.04.2014, p. 681-693.

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Guan, Ng Yee ; Tamrin, Shamsul Bahri Mohd ; Ismail, Ismi Arif ; Ananta, Gede Pramudya ; Hashim, Zailina ; Yusoff, Irwan Syah Mohd ; Md Deros, Baba ; Bakar, Shahriman Abu ; Rambely, Azmin Sham. / Effectiveness of a participatory action oriented training intervention approach among harvesters in oil palm plantation. In: American Journal of Applied Sciences. 2014 ; Vol. 11, No. 4. pp. 681-693.
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