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1 1 Evaluation of Strength and Work Capacity Readings - Occupational Ergonomics Handbook Ch 21 Gallagher and Moore p Matheson et al, Standard evaluation of work capacity p Jackson - supplemental Outline

2 2 Worker strength evaluation Psychophysical method - strength of population of workers used to design job so that majority of workers find the exertion acceptable –using this in design - reduce WMSD by 33% (WMSD - work-related musculoskeletal disorders) focus of chapter - –basics of strength –characterize methods of testing –describe use of techniques strength - capacity to produce a force or torque with a voluntary muscle contraction

3 3 Strength Measurement of human strength –at interface between subject and device - many possibilities - types of devices –influences measurement Fig 21.1 Biomechanical eg. Q = (F * a)/b or c or d –results specific to set of circumstances, force from muscle is always the same Types of muscular strength dynamic - motion around joint –variability - speed - difficult to compare static - isometric- no motion –easy to quantify and compare - not representative of dynamic activity

4 4 Strength Isometric strength standardized procedures –4-6 sec, 30 sec to 2 min rest –standardized instruction –postures, body supports, restraint systems, and environmental factors –worldwide acceptance and adoption Dynamic strength isoinertial - mass properties of an object are held constant Psychophysical - subject estimate of (submax) load - under set conditions isokinetic strength –through ROM at constant velocity

5 5 Factors Affecting Strength Gender Age Anthropometry Psychological factors - motivation –table 21.1 Task influence –Posture fig 21.2 angle and force production –Duration Fig 21.3 –Velocity of Contraction Fig 21.4 –Muscle Fatigue –Temperature and Humidity inc from C - dec 10-20% in capacity

6 6 Strength Measurement Strength assessment for job design psychophysical methods –workers adjust demand to acceptable levels for specified conditions –provides submax endurance estimate Procedure - –subject manipulate one variable-weight –two tests : start heavy and start light –add or remove weight to fair workload –without straining, becoming over tired, weakened, over heated or out of breath large #s of subjects –evaluate / design jobs within capacity –75% or workers rate as acceptable over this; 3 times the injury rate

7 7 Measurement for Job Design Summary –Table 21.2 (Snook and Cirello) advantages –realistic simulation of industrial tasks –very reproducible - related to incidence of low back injury Disadvantages results can exceed safe as determined through other methodology biomechanical, physiological

8 8 Worker selection and Placement General recommendations Key principles –job relatedness must be tied to biomechanical analysis –use of strength tests only to identify workers at high risk of injury similar rates of overexertion injuries for strong and less strong Isometric analysis fig 21.5 –for each task - posture of torso and extremities is documented (video) recreate posture - software –values compared to population norms - industrial workers –estimate % capable of level of exertion –predict forces acting on lumbar spine

9 9 Job placement Isoinertial testing SAT - strength aptitude testing –air force standard testing –preselected mass - increase to criterion level - success or failure –found incremental weight lifted to 1.83m - safe and reliable PILE - progressive inertial lifting evaluation –lumbar and cervical lifts -progressive weight - variable termination –voluntary, 85 % max HR, 55-60% body weight –standards normalized for age, gender and body weight

10 10 Job placement testing Isokinetic testing –humans do not move at constant velocity –isokinetic tests usually isolated joint movements - –may not be reflective of performance ability attempts to redesign - multi joint simulation tasks for industry –fig 21.8 –core stability required –still in progress, limited validity

11 11 Evaluation of Work Capacity Matheson standardized method of evaluating work capacity –2 hour protocol –paper demonstrates unbiased for gender and age –results can be applied to disability rating system work capacity - objective quantification of occupational disability - used to –provide compensation –measure progress of treatment –compare effect of different treatments –must be defined within application

12 12 Standardized Evaluation Occupational Disability - individuals uncompensated short falls in responding to work demands Fig 1 –requires comparison to work capacity of prior to pathology –allows us to rate impairment –pre injury capacity usually not known –must estimate - age, normative data?? California Division of Industrial Accidents –consider diagnosis, work capacity, occupation and age together –Steps p 251 –Rating based on occupational impact of standard disability rating

13 13 CAL - FCP California Functional Capacity Protocol –standardized method to measure work consequences musculoskeletal injury –measurement by physician –info used with Cal disability determination model –assess injury 30 days post if not returned to work or still being treated Description of System –Fig 2 - steps in decision process –allows ID of disability category –combine with info from exam –physician provides report pertinent to occ disability rating model

14 14 CAL - FCP Development of test criteria –context of workers comp system –standards of APA and APTA 5 issues - hierarchy –safety –reliability –validity –practicality –utility –eg. P more detail useful in application Evaluation Tasks 1. structured interview –patient profile, functional abilities –table 2 - MAW - maximal acceptable weight

15 15 Evaluation Tasks 2. Health Questionnaire 3. Perceived physical capacity –spinal functional sort ref 41 –work on self paced basis Pain and Sensation Drawing –symptoms important indicators of injury - objectivity - standardization factors –location –type –intensity - worst / usual –frequency - worst / usual Table 3 - pain - 10 cm visual scale Table 4 - pain - frequency ratings

16 16 Evaluation Tasks 5. Job demands questionnaire –patients perception of job demands –used for comparison against performance measures 6. Lateral Pinch test 7. Power grip test –JAMAR hand dynamometer 8. Standing ROM - table 5 – 15 sec each posture - 1 min rest 9. Lift Capacity –ELC - Epic lift capacity test –large normative data base, safe, reliable –first three segments

17 17 Evaluation Tasks 10. Carrying Test - loads from ELC –evaluate with table Climbing Test –simulate 10 ft flight of stairs –15 cycles - 1 step/ sec –evaluate up to ELC #3 weight –scale from table 2 Effort Rating –some tests - built in –others - subjective evaluation –3 point scale reliable, questionable, unreliable Test order –invariant - Table 6


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