Skip Navigation
Skip to contents

RCPHN : Research in Community and Public Health Nursing

OPEN ACCESS
SEARCH
Search

Articles

Page Path
HOME > J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs > Volume 24(3); 2013 > Article
Original Article
Associations between Job Stress and Work-related Musculoskeletal Symptoms in Street Sanitation Workers
Hye-Jin Kim, Kyung-Ja June, Gyeyoung Shin, Jina Choo
Journal of Korean Academy of Community Health Nursing 2013;24(3):314-322.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12799/jkachn.2013.24.3.314
Published online: September 30, 2013
  • 611 Views
  • 1 Download
  • 6 Crossref

1College of Nursing, Korea University, Seoul, Korea.

2Department of Nursing, Soonchunhyang University, Asan, Korea.

3Department of Nursing, Shinheung College, Uijeongbu, Korea.

• Received: January 8, 2013   • Accepted: September 12, 2013

© 2013 Korean Academy of Community Health Nursing

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

  • Purpose
    The purpose of the study was to examine associations between job stress and work-related musculoskeletal symptoms (WRMS) in street sanitation workers.
  • Methods
    A cross-sectional correlational study was conducted with 87 male street sanitation workers at E Gu in Seoul. The Job stress and WRMS were measured by using the Korean Occupational Stress Scale-Short Form and the KOSHA GUIDE H-9-2012 instrument, respectively. The WRMS was evaluated according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health criteria.
  • Results
    The participants reported greater levels of insufficient job control and interpersonal conflict than the general Korean population. Of the participants, 44.8% reported WRMS at any body parts. Specifically, 28.7% reported WRMS at upper parts, while 16.5% reported WRMS at lower parts. Compared to low levels of job demand, its high levels were significantly associated with WRMS at both upper and lower parts of the body (OR=3.62, 95% CI=1.15~11.38; OR=3.60, 95% CI=1.04~12.39). Compared to low levels of occupational climate, its high levels were significantly associated with WRMS at upper parts of the body (OR=3.18, 95% CI=1.22~8.26).
  • Conclusion
    Among street sanitation workers, job stress may be a correlate of WRMS. Therefore, nursing strategies for reducing job stress are needed to prevent and manage WRMS.
Table 1
Sociodemographic, Work-and Health Behaviors-related Characteristics (N=87)
jkachn-24-314-i001.jpg
Table 2
Levels of Job Stress by Subscale among Street Sanitation Workers (N=87)
jkachn-24-314-i002.jpg

According to the reference (Chang et al., 2005).

Table 3
Work-related Musculoskeletal Symptoms by Parts of the Body according to NIOSH Criteria among Street Sanitation Workers (N=87)
jkachn-24-314-i003.jpg

NIOSH=national institute for occupational safety and health.

NIOSH criteria indicate the experience of musculoskeletal symptoms that last for one week or have at least once per month during the past year; Multiple response.

Table 4
Associations between Job Stress and Work-related Musculoskeletal Symptoms among Street Sanitation Workers (N=87)
jkachn-24-314-i004.jpg

Note. Adjusted for age, education, years of employment, current smoking, drinking and physical activity; CI=confidence interval; OR=odd ratio.

*p<.05.

This work was supported by the 2013 Korea University Nursing Research Center Grant.

  • 1. Cha BS. Occupational disease medicine. 1st ed. Seoul: Gye-Chuk Munhwa-Sa; 2007.
  • 2. Chang SJ, Koh SB, Kang DM, Kim SA, Kang MG, Lee CG, et al. Developing an occupational stress scale for Korean employees. Korean J Occup Environ Med. 2005;17(4):297–317. ArticlePDF
  • 3. Choi ES, Shin DS. Occupational stress and related factors among aged security guards. Korean J Occup Health Nurs. 2009;18(1):106–115.
  • 4. Choi E, Sohn S, Yi K. A study on types of municipal sanitation workers' occupational accident by work type. Korean J Occup Health Nurs. 2011;20(2):172–184. Article
  • 5. Choi Y, Lee SJ, Song JC, Bae KJ, Park HJ. Association between job-related factors and musculoskeletal symptoms in university hospital healthcare workers. Korean J Occup Environ Med. 2012;24(3):217–228. ArticlePDF
  • 6. Frings-Dresen M. Protecting waste collectors all around the world. Occup Environ Med. 2005;62(12):820–821. Article
  • 7. Hagen KB, Magnus P, Vetlesen K. Neck/shoulder and low-back disorders in the forestry industry: Relationship to work tasks and perceived psychosocial job stress. Ergonomics. 1998;41(10):1510–1518. Article
  • 8. Hong SW, Uhm DC, Jun MH. Job stress and work-related musculoskeletal symptoms of 119 emergency medical technicians. Korean J Occup Health Nurs. 2010;19(2):223–235.
  • 9. Jang EC, Kim HJ, Kwon YJ, Park SB, Lee SJ, Song JC. The prevalence of cumulative trauma disorders of upper extremities among watch assembly workers in some small-scaled industry. Korean J Occup Environ Med. 2000;12(4):457–472. ArticlePDF
  • 10. Jo MH, Kim KS, Lee SW, Kim TG, Ryu HW, Lee MY, et al. The Relationship between job stress and musculoskeletal symptoms in migrant workers. Korean J Occup Environ Med. 2009;21(4):378–387. ArticlePDF
  • 11. Kim HJ, Jung HS. Related factors of upper limb musculoskeletal disease in small-to-medium-sized manufacture enterprises workers. Korean J Occup Health Nurs. 2004;13(1):19–29.
  • 12. Kim JS, Oh MK, Park BK, Lee MK, Kim GJ, Oh JK. Screening criteria of alcoholism by alcohol use disorders identification test (AUDIT) in Korea. J Korean Acad Fam Med. 1999;20(9):1152–1159.
  • 13. Kim SB, Ryu SH, Park DU, Lee YK. Strategies for protecting waste collectors' health and safety. J Environ Health Sci. 2010;36(3):247–253. Article
  • 14. Kim SS. A study on the prevalence and related factors of musculoskeletal disorders of players of professional orchestras. Gwangju: Chosun University; 2001. Unpublished master's thesis.
  • 15. Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency. Methods of harmful factors survey for musculoskeletal overloading works. Incheon: Author; 2010.
  • 16. Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency. Guideline of harmful factors survey for musculoskeletal overloading works (KOSHA GUIDE H-9-2012). Incheon: Author; 2012.
  • 17. Lee BO, Lee CH, Lee PG, Choi MJ, Namkoong K. Development of Korean version of Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT-K): Its reliability and validity. J Korean Acad Addict Psychiatry. 2000;4(2):83–92.
  • 18. Lee HK, Myong JP, Jeong EH, Jeong HS, Koo JW. Ergonomic workload evaluation and musculo-skeletal symptomatic features of street cleaners. J Ergon Soc Korea. 2007;26(4):147–152. Article
  • 19. Lee KH, Yoon JH, Kim SK, Cho IJ, Oh SS, Kim SH, et al. The relationship of physical and psychosocial risk factors to work-related musculoskeletal upper extremity symptoms amongst male automobile manufacturing workers. Korean J Occup Environ Med. 2012;24(1):72–85. ArticlePDF
  • 20. Lee YJ, Kim TH, Chang SR. A study on musculoskeletal disorders and job stress of workers in a shipbuilding company. J Korean Soc Saf. 2011;26(50):89–98.
  • 21. Lund T, Iversen L, Poulsen KB. Work environment factors, health, lifestyle and marital status as predictors of job change and early retirement in physically heavy occupations. Am J Ind Med. 2001;40(2):161–169. ArticlePubMed
  • 22. Ministry of Environment. 2009 Waste generation and management in Korea 2010;Retrieved May 4, 2012. from http://stat.me.go.kr/nesis/mesp2/webStatistics/stat_main.jsp?tblID=DT_106N_99_3300025&inq_gubun=1&lang=kor&list_id=106H_01_006002&l_interval=2.
  • 23. Ministry of Health and Welfare & Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Korea health statistics 2010. Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES V-1). Seoul: Ministry of Health and Welfare; 2011.
  • 24. Moon JI. A Study on relationship between symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders and psychosocial stress for electronical product assembly workers. Incheon: Inha University; 2009. Unpublished master's thesis.
  • 25. Myong JP, Lee HK, Kim HR, Jung HS, Jeong EH, Nam W, et al. Musculoskeletal symptoms of municipal sanitation workers and ergonomic evaluation on upper limb. Korean J Occup Environ Med. 2008;20(2):93–103. ArticlePDF
  • 26. Poulsen OM, Breum O, Ebbehøj N, Hansen AM, Ivens UI, Lelieveld D, et al. Collection of domestic waste. Review of occupational health problems and their possible causes. Sci Total Environ. 1995;170(1-2):1–19. ArticlePubMed
  • 27. Skov T, Borg V, Orhede E. Psychosocial and physical risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders of the neck, shoulders, and lower back in salespeople. Occup Environ Med. 1996;53(5):351–356. ArticlePubMedPMC
  • 28. Sorour AS, EI-Maksoud MMA. Relationship between musculoskeletal disorders, job demands, and burnout among emergency nurses. Adv Emerg Nurs J. 2012;34(3):272–282. ArticlePubMed
  • 29. Sung NJ, Sakong J, Chung JH. Musculoskeletal disorders and related factors of symphony orchestra players. Korean J Occup Environ Med. 2000;12(1):48–58. ArticlePDF

Figure & Data

References

    Citations

    Citations to this article as recorded by  
    • Individual, physical, and organizational risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders among municipality solid waste collectors in Shiraz, Iran
      Mansour ZIAEI, Alireza CHOOBINEH, Mohammad ABDOLI-ERAMAKI, Haleh GHAEM
      Industrial Health.2018; 56(4): 308.     CrossRef
    • The Effect of High-Frequency Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on Occupational Stress among Health Care Workers: A Pilot Study
      Young In Kim, Sun Mi Kim, Hyungjin Kim, Doug Hyun Han
      Psychiatry Investigation.2016; 13(6): 622.     CrossRef
    • Prevalence and Characteristics of Musculoskeletal Pain in Korean Farmers
      David Min, Sora Baek, Hee-won Park, Sang-Ah Lee, Jiyoung Moon, Jae E. Yang, Ki Sung Kim, Jee Yong Kim, Eun Kyoung Kang
      Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine.2016; 40(1): 1.     CrossRef
    • Associations between Job Stress and Musculoskeletal Symptoms in Child Care Teachers
      Yoon-Kyung Kim
      Journal of the Korea Academia-Industrial cooperation Society.2016; 17(8): 301.     CrossRef
    • Factors Associated with Job-related Injuries among Cleaners in Hospitals
      Bo Ra Yun, Souk Young Kim
      Korean Journal of Occupational Health Nursing.2015; 24(3): 214.     CrossRef
    • Job Stress and Musculoskeletal Disorder in Seoul City's School Foodservice Employees
      Saerom Lee, KyooSang Kim, Eun-A Kim, Jihye Kim, Dohyung Kim
      Korean Journal of Occupational Health Nursing.2014; 23(4): 245.     CrossRef

    Country-specific access statistics

    CountryReference
    United States 11
    Excel Download
    • PubReader PubReader
    • Cite
      CITE
      export Copy
      Close
    • XML DownloadXML Download
    We recommend

    RCPHN : Research in Community and Public Health Nursing