Conclusions: Musculoskeletal disorders continue to be the most recurrent health problem between the grocery store workers (particularly low back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome among cashiers). Many technical documents and international recommendations are present to prevent these kinds of disorders. Psychosocial risk factors and risk of workplace violence should deserve further investigation.Aim: This work provides an overview of the spectrum of possible occupational risk factors in the retail grocery store/supermarket workplace.Method: Literature on this theme, obtained consulting PubMed database and Google Scholar, was checked. We also explore results from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).Results: Contacts with objects, use of dangerous equipment (cutter, food slicer) and falls to the same level (slips, trips and falls) are the mainly described workplace hazards. Exposure to chemical (flour dust, components of detergents or disinfectants, volatile organic compounds and contact with nickel) and physical agents (cold exposure, nonionizing radiation and whole body vibration) are reported by many authors. Relations between biomechanical and ergonomic risk factors and musculoskeletal disorders represent the main subjects of study. Few studies are found about biological agents (particularly among butchers). Data regarding psychosocial risks factors in this setting are still limited.

Occupational risks in grocery stores / Graziosi F.; Bonfiglioli R.; Violante F.S.. - In: GIORNALE ITALIANO DI MEDICINA DEL LAVORO ED ERGONOMIA. - ISSN 1592-7830. - ELETTRONICO. - 36:4(2014), pp. 181-195.

Occupational risks in grocery stores

Graziosi F.;Bonfiglioli R.;Violante F. S.
2014

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Conclusions: Musculoskeletal disorders continue to be the most recurrent health problem between the grocery store workers (particularly low back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome among cashiers). Many technical documents and international recommendations are present to prevent these kinds of disorders. Psychosocial risk factors and risk of workplace violence should deserve further investigation.Aim: This work provides an overview of the spectrum of possible occupational risk factors in the retail grocery store/supermarket workplace.Method: Literature on this theme, obtained consulting PubMed database and Google Scholar, was checked. We also explore results from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).Results: Contacts with objects, use of dangerous equipment (cutter, food slicer) and falls to the same level (slips, trips and falls) are the mainly described workplace hazards. Exposure to chemical (flour dust, components of detergents or disinfectants, volatile organic compounds and contact with nickel) and physical agents (cold exposure, nonionizing radiation and whole body vibration) are reported by many authors. Relations between biomechanical and ergonomic risk factors and musculoskeletal disorders represent the main subjects of study. Few studies are found about biological agents (particularly among butchers). Data regarding psychosocial risks factors in this setting are still limited.
2014
Occupational risks in grocery stores / Graziosi F.; Bonfiglioli R.; Violante F.S.. - In: GIORNALE ITALIANO DI MEDICINA DEL LAVORO ED ERGONOMIA. - ISSN 1592-7830. - ELETTRONICO. - 36:4(2014), pp. 181-195.
Graziosi F.; Bonfiglioli R.; Violante F.S.
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