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Paddling upstream: a contextual analysis of implementation of a workplace ergonomic policy at a large newspaper.
Appl Ergon. 2005 Mar; 36(2):231-9.AE

Abstract

Efforts to implement workplace ergonomic programs aimed at reducing the burden of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) have to address multiple physical and psychosocial aspects of work environments yet often contextual factors limit their success. We describe the processes involved in an ergonomic program to reduce neck and upper limb WMSDs at a large Canadian newspaper. Using qualitative data collection and analysis methods, we illustrate the impact of key contextual characteristics of: (1) the program (management commitment, union involvement, experience and skill of program leaders, and researcher involvement); (2) the organization (drive for productivity, management control, organizational culture); and (3) the broader social context (economic climate, nature of newspaper work, technology and nature of WMSD). We argue for increased attention to identification and response to the contextual factors affecting program implementation in order to more successfully address upstream determinants of WMSD.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit, University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada S4S 0A2.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

Language

eng

PubMed ID

15694078

Citation

Polanyi, Michael F., et al. "Paddling Upstream: a Contextual Analysis of Implementation of a Workplace Ergonomic Policy at a Large Newspaper." Applied Ergonomics, vol. 36, no. 2, 2005, pp. 231-9.
Polanyi MF, Cole DC, Ferrier SE, et al. Paddling upstream: a contextual analysis of implementation of a workplace ergonomic policy at a large newspaper. Appl Ergon. 2005;36(2):231-9.
Polanyi, M. F., Cole, D. C., Ferrier, S. E., & Facey, M. (2005). Paddling upstream: a contextual analysis of implementation of a workplace ergonomic policy at a large newspaper. Applied Ergonomics, 36(2), 231-9.
Polanyi MF, et al. Paddling Upstream: a Contextual Analysis of Implementation of a Workplace Ergonomic Policy at a Large Newspaper. Appl Ergon. 2005;36(2):231-9. PubMed PMID: 15694078.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Paddling upstream: a contextual analysis of implementation of a workplace ergonomic policy at a large newspaper. AU - Polanyi,Michael F, AU - Cole,Donald C, AU - Ferrier,Sue E, AU - Facey,Marcia, AU - ,, PY - 2004/10/08/accepted PY - 2005/2/8/pubmed PY - 2005/5/4/medline PY - 2005/2/8/entrez SP - 231 EP - 9 JF - Applied ergonomics JO - Appl Ergon VL - 36 IS - 2 N2 - Efforts to implement workplace ergonomic programs aimed at reducing the burden of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) have to address multiple physical and psychosocial aspects of work environments yet often contextual factors limit their success. We describe the processes involved in an ergonomic program to reduce neck and upper limb WMSDs at a large Canadian newspaper. Using qualitative data collection and analysis methods, we illustrate the impact of key contextual characteristics of: (1) the program (management commitment, union involvement, experience and skill of program leaders, and researcher involvement); (2) the organization (drive for productivity, management control, organizational culture); and (3) the broader social context (economic climate, nature of newspaper work, technology and nature of WMSD). We argue for increased attention to identification and response to the contextual factors affecting program implementation in order to more successfully address upstream determinants of WMSD. SN - 0003-6870 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/15694078/Paddling_upstream:_a_contextual_analysis_of_implementation_of_a_workplace_ergonomic_policy_at_a_large_newspaper_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -