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Ratings of hand activity and force levels among women and men who perform identical hand-intensive work tasks
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Section of Sustainable Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0882-818X
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health. Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Section of Sustainable Health.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Radiation Sciences, Radiation Physics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3363-7414
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Section of Sustainable Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8080-146x
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2022 (English)In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, E-ISSN 1660-4601, Vol. 19, no 24, article id 16706Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We compared hand activity and force ratings in women and men doing identical hand-intensive work tasks. Musculoskeletal disorders are more common in women and hand-intensive work leads to an increased risk of these disorders. Knowledge of the gender influence in the rating of work exposure is lacking. The aim of this study was to investigate whether women and men performing identical hand-intensive work tasks were equally rated using hand activity and normalized peak force levels with the Hand Activity Threshold Limit Value®. Fifty-six workers participated, comprising 28 women-men pairs. Four observers-two woman-man pairs-were also involved. Self-ratings and observers' ratings of hand activity and force level were collected. The results of these ratings showed no significant gender differences in self-rated hand activity and force, as well as observer-rated hand activity. However, there was a significant gender difference in the observer-rated force, where the women were rated higher (mean (SD): women 3.9 (2.7), men 3.1 (1.8) (p = 0.01)). This difference remained significant in the adjusted model (p = 0.04) with grip strength and forearm-finger anthropometrics. The results provide new insights that observers' estimates of force can be higher in women compared with men in the same work tasks. Force should be further investigated and preferably compared to objective measurements.

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MDPI, 2022. Vol. 19, no 24, article id 16706
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cumulative trauma disorders, equity, ergonomic assessment, exposure assessment, gender differences, observation, psychophysics, repetitive strain injury, upper extremity, workload
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Occupational Health and Environmental Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-202061DOI: 10.3390/ijerph192416706ISI: 000901096400001PubMedID: 36554587Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85144537782OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-202061DiVA, id: diva2:1723603
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AFA Insurance, 210031Umeå UniversityRegion VästerbottenAvailable from: 2023-01-03 Created: 2023-01-03 Last updated: 2023-09-05Bibliographically approved

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