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Risk assessment by M.M.C. in the occupationally exposed health care workers as by UNI ISO 11228-
2:2009

Original Article, 19 - 23
doi: 10.11138/PER/2017.6.2.019
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Introduction: diseases and musculoskeletal disorders for biomechanical overload (D.M.S.) are prevalent among health workers and are one of the main causes of sickness absence in many activities.
We want to present the obtained results after the measurement of the initial force, and the holding force for the action of pushing and pulling in manual handling of loads (M.M.C.) of equipment by health personnel.
Materials and Methods: the risk assessment by M.M.C. in the occupationally exposed health care workers, has only affected the action of pushing and pulling of equipment such as stretchers, medications carts barracks, wheelchairs, beds for patients.
The measurement of Initial Forces and Retention Forces relating to the action of pushing and pulling, as by UNI ISO 11228-2:2009.
Results: in general, most of the equipments that have shown a synthetic risk index (I.S.R.) ≤1 devices were in good maintenance; on the contrary, most of the equipments that have shown a I.S.R. >1 were particularly obsolete equipment and in poor state of maintenance. Added to this is an incorrect way to use the equipment by staff.
Discussion: from the analysis of the results the importance of a protection and prevention service able to analyze and evaluate the risks in the hospital organization in order to achieve the right equipment to face harmful situations for the staff, is fundamental. Moreover a further investment for the information, vocational training and a specific reconsideration of working organization is essential.

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