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Prevalence of physical workload in the German workforce and their associations to musculoskeletal disorders

Specific analysis of the BIBB/BAuA Employment Survey 2017/2018

Project number: F 2456 Institution: Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) Status: Ongoing Project Planned end: 2020-03-31


Musculoskeletal diseases are highly relevant in our society. Furthermore, high physical workload is still frequent at workplaces. Representative and updated information on physical workload at workplaces and prevalence of symptoms are therefore needed for policy advice. The changed working conditions in Germany should be taken into account in this context.

The aim of the project is to analyze the exposure frequencies of physical workload (standing, sitting, lifting, forced working position, repetitive manual work) based on the current German Workforce Survey (BiBB/BAuA-Erwerbstätigenbefragung) 2018. The association between high physical workload and symptoms in the musculoskeletal system considering confounding will be provided. Additionally, time depending changes of exposure prevalence of physical workload and time trends of prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms considering previous surveillance data will be analyzed.


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