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Lean production and work-related musculoskeletal disorders: overviews of international and Swedish studies
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Royal Institute Technology KTH, Sweden .
2012 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 41, 2321-2328 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper aimed at summarizing the knowledge of the relationship between Lean and work related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD), and WMSD risk factors, in manufacturing companies. Literature search processes identified 23 publications studying this, in scientific journals. Eight included measurements of WMSD; three were mostly negative, two showed mixed results, one showed no results and two were mostly positive. Eighteen publications included measurements of WMSD risk factors; seven showed mostly negative results, eight snowed mixed results, two showed mostly positive results and one was inconclusive. Three literature reviews were identified, which studied this question; two were mostly negative, while the third was inconclusive. Also, 12 publications of grey literature studying Lean and WMSD risk factors in Swedish organizations were identified; nine showed mixed results, two showed mostly positive results and one showed mostly negative results. Due to the varying quality and study design of the publications, together with the few identified studies, it is difficult to compare them. The context and the implementation also likely affect the results. The general conclusion was that a Lean implementation may increase the risk of WMSD and risk factors for WMSD, if it is not accompanied with an ergonomic intervention.

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IOS Press , 2012. Vol. 41, 2321-2328 p.
Keyword [en]
WMSD, working conditions, manufacturing
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-81840DOI: 10.3233/WOR-2012-0459-2321ISI: 000306361802074OAI: diva2:556584
Available from: 2012-09-25 Created: 2012-09-24 Last updated: 2012-09-25

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