Cumulative Exposure Shoulder Risk Assessment Tool (The Shoulder Tool)

Developed by: Auburn University

Description: This tool estimates the risk of developing a shoulder musculoskeletal disorder based on how workers handle loads in their hands. Users input three pieces of information about each manual materials handling task a worker performs throughout a work day: how heavy the object is, the lever arm for that task, and the number of times they perform that task. Information for each task is added  together to produce an overall risk estimate for that worker. There are a few useful links about the tool, including more detailed instructions, access to the original supporting research, and other similar tools (LiFFT and DUET) by these developers.

Keywords: shoulder, manual materials handling, hand, hold, lift, lower, carry, cumulative, damage, risk, injury, repetition, torque, moment, duration

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