Task Analysis and establishment of a Job Dictionary to reduce the incidence of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) of Airport Security Screening Staff

Conducting an analysis of the tasks conducted by security screening operators at the International and Domestic terminals of a large Airport. This project involved Hierarchical Task Analysis (HTA), conducting focus groups, interviews and applying postural assessment techniques such as Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA) and Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA). Following the collection of data, a Job Dictionary (JD) was established using the key definitions as outlined in U.S. Department of Labour, Dictionary of Occupational Titles, Fourth Edition 1986. The JD will be used to assist with pre-employment procedures, to facilitate the graduated return to work of injured employees and to assist with a training needs analysis. The project will also outline ergonomic design considerations and engineering controls to improve the work environment thus reducing the risk of injury.

It is intended that the materials produced from this project are to be adopted for use in other airport environments in Australia.

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