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Study on the Impact of use of Technology on Work Environment and the Health of Workers

기술사용이 근로환경과 근로자 건강에 미치는 영향력에 대한 연구

Kim, Young Sun;Rhee, Kyung Yong;Jin, Ju Hyeon;Kim, Ki-Sik
김영선;이경용;진주현;김기식

  • Received : 2014.08.06
  • Accepted : 2014.10.22
  • Published : 2014.10.31

Abstract

This study looks at the impact of psychological and physical factors of the working conditions on the health of workers depending on whether technology is used by such workers. The data used for the study is the third work environment survey. Out of 50,032 respondents, a total of 29,711 paid workers were used as analysis subjects. Although it was anticipated that the use of technology was a factor that hindered job autonomy and teamwork autonomy. However, the analysis results showed low levels of job autonomy and teamwork autonomy in the group that did not use technology. The study assumes a regression analysis model about work environment and work organizational practices of workspaces that have an impact on musculoskeletal complaints, stress symptoms and level of work satisfaction by controlling the social demographic variable that represents the level of individual sensitivity. As a result of the study, ergonomic risk had a significant effect on both groups that did or did not use technology with respect to stress symptoms, musculoskeletal complaints and level of work satisfaction. In particular, as workspace practices and work environment had an effect on the development of musculoskeletal complaints in the group that used machines, there is a need to improve such situation. The autonomous team work or level of job autonomy within the group that used technology may act as a risk factor to the health and welfare of workers. However, because it may also act as a buffer factor, there is a need for a change to reduce stress symptoms and increase the level of work satisfaction by improving autonomous team work and the level of job autonomy.

Keywords

technology;ergonomic risks;musculoskeletal complaints;stress symptoms;work organisational practices;working conditions

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