Journal of Human Ergology
Online ISSN : 1884-3964
Print ISSN : 0300-8134
ISSN-L : 0300-8134
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EFFECT OF OCCUPATIONAL STRESS ON MUSCULOSKELTAL HEALTH OF TRAFFIC POLICE PERSONNEL
ARINDAM DEYATANU SAHASUBHASHIS SAHU
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2023 年 52 巻 1-2 号 p. 23-29

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Traffic policing is always an exigent and difficult assignment due to its occupational needs and working conditions. They are vulnerable to musculoskeletal disorders as they have an awkward posture on and off the road, prolonged standing, and continuous repetitive movement of their shoulders and hands, causing rigorous stress. The study is aimed at assessing the effect of occupational stress on the musculoskeletal health of traffic police personnel in Kolkata. A modified Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire was used to interview and a BPD score rating was used to measure discomfort. OWAS and RULA methods are used to assess the postural analysis. The most frequent types of pain include low back pain, neck pain, knee pain, and upper back pain. Cops exposed on the roads mostly felt lower back pain due to prolonged standing for four to six hours, and often even more than six hours. Posture analysis showed they are in medium-risk zone. Prolonged and unforeseen duty hours, insufficient manpower, and variable workplaces create physical stress on them, while prolonged static posture causes muscle and joint pain, thighs, knees, and ankles, and even injuries. Regular physical exercise, frequent medical check-ups, and healthy food intake are being suggested to cope with health problems.

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