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The impact of ergonomic work environment exposures on the risk of disability pension: Prospective results from DWECS/DREAM

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The objectives were to identify the impact of ergonomic work environment exposures on the risk of disability pension. A representative sample of 8475 employees of the total working population in Denmark were interviewed regarding work environment exposures and followed in a national register with data on granted disability pension. For women, approximately 34% of the disability pension cases were attributable to ergonomic work environment exposures. For men, 21% of the disability pension cases were attributable to ergonomic work environment. Ergonomic work environment, especially physically demanding work, working with hands lifted and repetitive work, are areas of intervention at the workplace that can facilitate and prolong labour market participation. The study provides estimates for the association between ergonomic exposures at work and administrative, cost-related measures of work disability in a large population-based longitudinal cohort study over 14 years. Approximately 21% for men and 34% for women of the disability pension cases were attributable to ergonomic work environment exposures.
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Keywords: disability pension; ergonomics; work environment

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Danish National Centre for Social Research, Copenhagen, Denmark,PreSenter, International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS), Norway 2: National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen, Denmark 3: Department of Biostatistics, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Publication date: November 1, 2009

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