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Poland – Safer and healthier work at any age: the case of a Polish sewing plant (Dartex)

Type
Case study
Country
Poland
Languages
English
Provider
EU OSHA

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Description

Description: 

ARTEX is a small sewing plant with 14 female employees working five-day single shifts. Repetitive tasks, performed seated, increase the risk of MSDs. In addition to legally-required medical checks, assessment of individual workstations led to improvements in work organisation, layout and equipment, reducing repetitive strain. External consultants advised on lighting and machinery changes to minimise eyestrain, and exposure to noise and vibration. Improved work organisation reduced accidents to zero and reduced MSDs, while increased precision resulted in a 70% reduction in customer complaints.

Poland – Safer and healthier work at any age: the case of a Polish sewing plant (Dartex)

Detailed Information

Sector / Industry covered: 
MANUFACTURING
Hazards: 
Awkward postures
Fast-paced work
Static postures - sitting
Vibrations
Health effects: 
Back pain or injury
Upper limb disorders
Neck and shoulder disorders
MSDs unspecified
Prevention measures: 
Elimination of hazards
Simple tips and measures
Technical measures e.g. ergonomic equipment
Worker groups covered (vulnerable groups etc.): 
Women
Purpose of the material: 
General information
Awareness raising
Risk assessment
Target audience: 
Employers
Managers
Worker representatives
Priority area: 
Prevention
Sedentary work
Date of Publication / Year : 
2016