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Sustainability 2017, 9(9), 1514;

Applications of the Standardized Nordic Questionnaire: A Review

Department of Nursing, Physiotherapy and Medicine, University of Almería, ctra. Sacramento, s/n, La Cañada, 04120 Almería, Spain
Department of Engineering, University of Almería, Agrifood Campus of International Excellence (CeiA3), Ctra. Sacramento, s/n, La Cañada, 04120 Almería, Spain
Laboratory-Observatory Andalusian Working Conditions in the Agricultural Sector (LASA), Avda. Albert Einstein, 4. Isla de la Cartuja, 41092 Seville, Spain
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Received: 19 July 2017 / Revised: 18 August 2017 / Accepted: 22 August 2017 / Published: 25 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Collection Risk Assessment and Management)
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Sustainability seeks to provide economically viable products in an environmentally friendly way while respecting worker rights. Physical wellbeing forms part of these rights. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) diminish productivity, cause absence from work, impose costs on the public health system and can cast doubt on the sustainability of a company or a product. The objective of the present work is to review the literature on the application of the Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire (NMQ) on a worldwide level. In this work, the use of the NMQ has been classified by categories of knowledge, countries and years. The search was made using “Web of Science-Core Collection”. In total, 259 articles were chosen from scientific journals and conferences related, according to the title and or abstract, to the practical application of the questionnaire. In conclusion, the NMQ has been applied mainly in three sectors: “activities related to treating human health and social issues”, “manufacturing industries”, and “agriculture, livestock, fishing, and forestry”. The NMQ is an indirect method commonly used individually or complemented with other methods for evaluating the MSD and possible associated psychosocial and labour risks. The use of NMQ can help in the evaluation of the sustainability of a company. View Full-Text
Keywords: musculoskeletal disorders; Occupational Health and Safety; ergonomics; prevention; physical load musculoskeletal disorders; Occupational Health and Safety; ergonomics; prevention; physical load

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López-Aragón, L.; López-Liria, R.; Callejón-Ferre, Á.-J.; Gómez-Galán, M. Applications of the Standardized Nordic Questionnaire: A Review. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1514.

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