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Introduction: In developing countries (IDCs), Handicraft is one of the industries in which a major part of the workforce is still contained with high prevalence of WMSDs complaints. Major problems associated with handicraft producing operations, awkward postures in different parts of body (i.e. neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists/hands, upper back, lower back, thigh, knees, and ankles). It is concluded that the high rate of absenteeism has an adverse effect on quality and quantity of production, efficiency of workers and organization. The aim of this study was to implantation of simple and cost-intensive ergonomic interventions based on the ILO ergonomic checkpoints in Isfahan Meenakari pots handicraft workshops.
Methods: This is an interventional study by using ILO Ergonomic checkpoints (Second edition) for assessment ergonomic risk factors in Isfahan handcraft workshops around Imam square. This assessment performed base on checkpoint guideline.
Results: After workplace assessment Base on adjusted checklist four intervention designed and prototyped. Those interventional projects were (1) Bending machine redesigning, (2) Resting facilities designing, (3) Raw material trolley designing, and (4) Hand-tools stand designing.
Conclusion: With practical Checklist guidelines, simple and cost-effective interventions designed to improve the level of ergonomics and the health of workers at handicraft workshops.
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- Simple and Low-Cost Ergonomics Interventions in Isfahan’s Handicraft Workshops
Mohammad Sadegh Sohrabi
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