Following ergonomics guidelines decreases physical and cardiovascular workload during cleaning tasks

Afshin Samani, Andreas Holtermann, Karen Søgaard, Pascal Madeleine

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The aim was to investigate the effect of ergonomics guidelines on muscular activity, postural and cardiovascular load during cleaning. Eighteen cleaners performed 10 min of cleaning tasks in two locations; three min in a laboratory and seven min in a lecture room. All participants performed the task with or without focusing on ergonomics guidelines (ergonomics/non-ergonomics session). Bipolar surface electromyography was recorded bilaterally from upper trapezius and erector spinae muscles. A tri-axial accelerometer package was mounted on the low back (L5-S1) to measure postural changes, and the cardiovascular load was estimated by electrocardiogram. Ergonomics sessions resulted in lower muscular load, a more complex pattern of muscular activity, lower range of motion and angular velocity of the trunk as well as lower cardiovascular load compared with non-ergonomics sessions (p 
Original languageEnglish
JournalErgonomics
Volume55
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)295-307
Number of pages13
ISSN0014-0139
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Samani, Afshin ; Holtermann, Andreas ; Søgaard, Karen ; Madeleine, Pascal. / Following ergonomics guidelines decreases physical and cardiovascular workload during cleaning tasks. In: Ergonomics. 2012 ; Vol. 55, No. 3. pp. 295-307.
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Following ergonomics guidelines decreases physical and cardiovascular workload during cleaning tasks. / Samani, Afshin; Holtermann, Andreas; Søgaard, Karen; Madeleine, Pascal.

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