The aim of this project was to identify and systematically evaluate observational methods to assess workload on the musculoskeletal system. Searches in the electronic databases and other sources identified 29 observational methods. The methods were evaluated for the aspects related to their reliability and usability for different purposes. The results of evaluation will be found in internet with a tool that helps the user to search for most suitable method by sorting the methods according to the several items evaluated.
Takala, E-P., Pehkonen, I., Forsman, M., Hansson, G-A, Mathiassen, SE, Neumann, W. Patrick, Sjogaard, G., Veiersted, KB, Westgaard, R., Winkel, J. Systematic evaluation of observational methods assessing biomechanical exposures at work. 17th World Congress on Ergonomics, IEA2009; Aug 9-14, 2009; Beijing, China: International Ergonomics Association.