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A rapid appraisal of occupational workload from a modified scale of perceived exertion.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8143693     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A simple and rapid method of determining occupational workload among Indian women performing manual activities was developed based on the strong relationship between physiological responses and subjective feeling of exertion. A modified five point scale of perceived exertion, sequentially numbered 1 to 5, was created to simplify the complicated and time-consuming procedures using conventional methods of measuring energy expenditure, or even heart rate responses, during work of very short duration, especially in field situations. The scale denotes physiological workload: 1: very light; 2: light; 3: moderately heavy; 4: heavy; and 5: very heavy. A job-classification table based on energy expenditure and heart rate responses is also proposed, and different household activities such as grinding masalas, dish washing, sweeping, mopping, ironing, storing water, etc. have been graded accordingly.
M A Varghese; P N Saha; N Atreya
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ergonomics     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0014-0139     ISO Abbreviation:  Ergonomics     Publication Date:  1994 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-05-05     Completed Date:  1994-05-05     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0373220     Medline TA:  Ergonomics     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  485-91     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Department of Postgraduate Studies and Research in Home Science, S.N.D.T. Women's University, Bombay, India.
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MeSH Terms
Heart Rate / physiology*
Housekeeping / classification*
Middle Aged
Physical Exertion / physiology*
Workload / classification*

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