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Introducing a new design of digital tool to increase vibration risk assessments: challenges with education-based interventions
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Section of Sustainable Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7077-2389
Department of Work Environment Chemistry, National Institute of Occupational Health, Norway.
Faculty of Medicine and Health, Örebro University, Sweden.
Faculty of Medicine and Health, Örebro University, Sweden.
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2022 (English)In: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, ISSN 1080-3548, E-ISSN 2376-9130, Vol. 28, no 3, p. 1705-1710Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objectives: This study aimed to investigate whether introducing a digital risk assessment tool, the Swedish National Vibration Database, would increase the number of risk assessments on hand–arm and whole-body vibration. Employer and safety representatives from companies where vibration exposure is common were invited.

Methods: Of the 2953 invited companies, 1916 were selected for educational intervention and the remaining 1037 companies served as a control group with no intervention. For the educational intervention, participating companies were further divided into two groups (group A, n = 26; group B, n = 47) that both received information regarding risk assessment, but group B was also informed about the digital tool. Both groups answered a questionnaire on risk assessment before the intervention and at the follow-up, 6 months later; the control group received the same questionnaire but no education (group C, n = 22).

Results: Of the invited companies, only 2% chose to participate and 7% at follow-up. Seventy-eight percent of the participants had made some kind of risk assessment of vibration at follow-up.

Conclusion: Due to the low participation rate among invited companies, this study is not able to draw any conclusions on whether the digital tool can be used to increase the number of risk assessments.

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Taylor & Francis, 2022. Vol. 28, no 3, p. 1705-1710
Keywords [en]
digital tool, intervention, questionnaire, risk assessment, vibration
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Occupational Health and Environmental Health Occupational Therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-184787DOI: 10.1080/10803548.2021.1928389ISI: 000659328400001PubMedID: 33998975Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85107569959OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-184787DiVA, id: diva2:1570164
Available from: 2021-06-21 Created: 2021-06-21 Last updated: 2022-11-30Bibliographically approved

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