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Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the most common complaint among industrial workers. The potato-chip processing industry involves workers in repetitive activities leading to MSDs. This cross-sectional descriptive study aimed to assess MSDs health risk among potato-chip processing workers. It was conducted among 107 randomly sampled workers from a distribution like other groups exposed to similar ergonomics factors. A MSDs health-risk assessment produced a matrix of combined results based on a self-report questionnaire (5 levels) and an ergonomics risk assessment using RULA (4 levels). The self-reported MSDs questionnaire showed that workers had moderate to very high discomfort levels, i.e., 11.21% trunk, 9.35% lower limbs, 8.41% upper limbs and 4.66% for the neck. Ergonomic risks were found to be at a very high level, 77.57%, and high risk level, 19.63%. The combined matrix assessments showed that most workers were at moderate to very high MSDs risk, i.e., 43.92% trunk, 36.45% upper limbs, 32.71% lower limbs and 20.56% for the neck. This health risk matrix found a higher proportion of workers presenting with MSDs health risk compared with the musculoskeletal disorders self-assessment alone. Therefore, the MSDs risk matrix assessment could be useful for surveillance screening prior to implementing a risk-reduction program. Further, using ergonomics training programs and improving work stations for high-risk groups are also recommended based on the ergonomic and health risk assessments in this study.
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Name: PloS one
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