PEROSH recommendations for procedures to measure occupational physical activity and workload

Project leader: NFA

Cooperating partners:
University of Gävle, Karolinska Institute

Physical demands at the workplace are generally acknowledged to be a main risk factor for musculoskeletal disorders and associated with a number work-related issues (sickness absence and early exit from labor market) imposing an enormous burden on the individual and the society.

In addition physical activity in general – both work and leisure time – has been identified as a main determinant for “lifestyle” diseases such as overweight and hypertension.
Exposure assessments in this area has to a large extent been based on self-reported information on physical work demands or activities of daily having a high risk of information and recall bias. There is  a great need for technical measurement system capable of providing valid information of physical work place exposure or physical activity patterns which later can be applied in larger epidemiological studies.

Several research institutes in PEROSH have already developed and are using different technical measures of physical work demands. However, knowledge exchange and coordination of development, validation, protocols and experience in using the different methods between the research institutes are lacking. This PEROSH work group is working on unleashing this potential, generating a common framework for technical measures of physical work demands and physical activity. The milestones of the project will follow the previously described objectives in the study. Read more …


Publication A practical guidance for assessments of sedentary behavior at work

Report Assessing Sedentary Behaviour at Work with Technical Assessment Systems

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