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Assessment of Physical Work Demands of Home Care Workers in Norway: An Observational Study Using Wearable Sensor Technology

Abstract

High physical work demands are believed to be partly responsible for the high sickness absence among home care workers, but no studies have assessed their physical work demands using precise device-based measurements. Hence, the objective of this observational study was to assess physical work demands in home care, using wearable sensors.
This study presents precise information on various physical work demands of home care workers in Norway. Home care workers spent on average half the workday sitting and the remaining time in various occupational physical activities. Presently, few device-based exposure limits have been proposed for acceptable amounts of occupational physical exposures, but the level of arm-elevation, forward trunk inclination, and the considerable variation of physical workloads among home care workers, indicate that preventive measures should be taken.

Category

Academic article

Client

  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 294762

Language

English

Author(s)

Affiliation

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • SINTEF Digital / Health Research
  • SINTEF Digital / Smart Sensors and Microsystems
  • Denmark
  • Unicare

Year

2022

Published in

Annals of Work Exposures and Health

ISSN

2398-7308

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Volume

66

Issue

9

Page(s)

1187 - 1198

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