Whose turn is it anyway : the impact of job rotation on the reduction of cumulative trauma disorders
Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Master of Science
Occupational Safety and Health Engineering
Van Houten, Norman J.
Sengupta, Arijit K.
In today's fast-paced world, repetitive activity on the job has become very demanding. Many workers are suffering from injuries known as cumulative trauma disorders (CTDs). Job rotation can be an effective and powerful tool when seeking to minimize CTDs by allowing workers to experience different activities, thereby distributing the physical demands on the workers' bodies.
A case study was conducted on a northwestern New York manufacturing facility to identify the presence of excessive work stressors and to formulate potential corrective actions, including an analysis of their current job rotation system. The jobs were evaluated using the Rapid Upper Limb Assessment.
This study provides valuable information on the benefits of an effective job rotation system, and the steps necessary to implement one. For the case study, a reduction of exposure to work stressors of 20.9% for the Overall Risk Index can be accomplished using the new job rotation system methods.
njit-etd2000-051 (100 pages ~ 13,252 KB pdf)
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