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Measuring risks for commercial cleaner safety: A scoping review
SessionvS2/A: Risk and Fatigue
DescriptionCommercial cleaning work is labor-intensive, and previous research and insurance claim data show that it exposes workers to risks of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Consideration of workload in the job-planning phase or during the operation phase can decrease the risks. Thus, an understanding of the methods used to assess physical workload is essential. This scoping review summarizes methods used in studies to evaluate physical workloads. A literature search and screening of PubMed, Web of Science, and Scopus databases as well as full-text reviews led to a selection of 48 studies. Most of these studies use direct measurements, while many apply more than one workload measurement method. Previous studies examined the effects of tasks, environments, and tools on workload. We describe the advantages/disadvantages of various methods for both researchers and safety practitioners. We hope to provide information on study designs and workload measurement methodology for future research and injury reduction efforts.