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Ergonomics and remote learning: an assessment of risk factors in International Islamic University Malaysia

Yustika Sari, Erlina and Mohd Mahudin, Nor Diana (2021) Ergonomics and remote learning: an assessment of risk factors in International Islamic University Malaysia. In: Inter-Islamic University Forum on Psychology Forum (IIUCP Forum) 2021, 19 November - 20 November 2021, Bandung, Indonesia.

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Neck, back, and wrist pain have been commonly detected in people who work on the computer for long hours. These problems may lead to discomfort or injury and even extend to musculoskeletal disorders. The COVID-19 pandemic has further intensified remote working and online learning, exposing people to a much higher risk of ergonomics problems. University students in Malaysia, too, have switched to online learning during this period. However, the effects of this switch on their physical ergonomics are yet to be examined. An ergonomics risk assessment was carried out using the Ergonomics Risk Assessment (ERA) at Workplace Guidelines by Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), Malaysia, with the objectives of (i) identifying ergonomics risk factors that may cause harm to students during remote learning, (ii) determining the likelihood of harm arising from exposure to these risk factors, and (iii) recommending the appropriate control measures. Direct observations and video recordings of a female postgraduate student in International Islamic University Malaysia are used to obtain a detailed record of the participant's activity while studying remotely. Results indicate that awkward postures, high repetitive motion, and static or sustained postures are all present in this activity, with awkward postures contributing the highest risk. Accordingly, it is recommended that an advanced ergonomics risk assessment for these three risk factors be conducted, together with immediate training in ergonomics and postural hygiene. This advanced assessment will allow a more comprehensive evaluation of discomfort and pain experienced by the participant so that health problems can be minimized and injuries would be avoided.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Slide Presentation)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ergonomics risk assessment, Musculoskeletal disorder, Online/remote learning, Physical factors, Posture
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF636 Applied psychology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T55.4 Industrial engineering.Management engineering. > T59.7 Human engineering in industry. Man-machine systems
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Psychology
Depositing User: Nor Diana Mohd Mahudin
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2022 11:33
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2022 11:33
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/96922

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