MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS AMONG “CANTING” BATIK WORKERS IN KUALA TERENGGANU

Yusof, Rozimah and Endut, Azizah and Yusof, Norliana (2012) MUSCULOSKELETAL DISORDERS AMONG “CANTING” BATIK WORKERS IN KUALA TERENGGANU. In: ICast2012, 3.3.2012, Penang, Malaysia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In a typical procedure of “canting” process, the batik workers have to stand for a long period of time and sometimes they have to bend their bodies. If these techniques of working are practiced for a long period of time, it is believed to cause back pain and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) problems among the workers and also affect the productivity of their work. This paper presents a study in batik industry with the objective of determining any musculoskeletal disorders among batik workers caused by working tasks in “canting” process. The study was conducted in Kuala Terengganu area where MSDs symptoms of batik workers were identified through questionnaires adopted and modified from a Standardized Nordic Questionnaire (SNQ) for analysis of musculoskeletal symptoms. Our study showed that 77.8 % of the respondents suffered from at least one musculoskeletal pain at the back, shoulder, sole, ankle, knee, hand or wrist. The most common symptoms were pain over the shoulder and sole. Therefore, it is necessary to improve on both posture and “canting” tools in order to provide a maximum comfort to the workers and consequently enhance the productivity.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: batik, musculoskeletal disorders, postural, MSDs, workstation
Subjects: T Technology > TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts
Faculty / Institute: Faculty of Design Arts & Engineering Technology
Depositing User: Mrs Rozimah Yusof
Date Deposited: 05 May 2014 06:47
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2015 00:17
URI: http://erep.unisza.edu.my/id/eprint/161

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