Work related upper limb disorders in telecommunication workers in Malaysia.

G. D. Premalatha, Noor Hassim Ismail

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A total of 323 workers from 5 different occupational groups in the telecommunication industry were studied in this cross sectional study, which sought to determine the prevalence of Work Related Upper Limb Disorders (WRULD) in 5 occupational groups; operators using the Video Display Terminals, switchboard operators, clerks, data entry processors and the supervisors. WRULD was also studied with regard to factors such as sex, race, height, age, stress and the discomfort perceived due to the work station design. The possibility of WRULD was determined from a self-administered questionnaire and confirmed by history and physical examination. Psychological stress and the discomfort due to the workstation were measured from the questionnaire. The overall prevalence was found to be 31.2% and the prevalence among the various occupations differed with it being the highest in the switchboard operators and data processors and the lowest in the supervisors. The older workers and the female workers were found to have higher prevalences of WRULD. It was also found that a higher stress score and a higher score of discomfort perceived at the work station were associated with higher prevalences of WRULD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-256
Number of pages10
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume54
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1999
Externally publishedYes

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Telecommunications
Malaysia
Upper Extremity
Occupational Groups
Computer Terminals
Psychological Stress
Occupations
Physical Examination
Industry
Cross-Sectional Studies
History

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Work related upper limb disorders in telecommunication workers in Malaysia. / Premalatha, G. D.; Ismail, Noor Hassim.

In: Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 54, No. 2, 06.1999, p. 247-256.

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