Roberta Bonfiglioli

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OBJECTIVES This study aimed to evaluate the risk of musculoskeletal disorders to the hand-wrist system. The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) proposed threshold limit values (TLV©) based on hand activity level (HAL) and normalized peak force (PF). We validated ACGIH TLV© in OCTOPUS, a large cohort study on carpal tunnel(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess risks associated with work-related biomechanical overloads in onset/course of carpal tunnel syndrome. METHODS Work-groups with job tasks spanning different biomechanical exposures were evaluated at baseline in terms of American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists hand-activity/peak force action limit and threshold limit(More)
The aim of this study was to develop and validate a novel solid-phase extraction (SPE) liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) method for the simultaneous determination of two antineoplastic drugs, cyclophosphamide (CP) and methotrexate (MTX), in human urine using trophosphamide as internal standard. The method showed good precision and(More)
Although back disorders are a major occupational problem for nursing staff, few studies distinguish different types. By means of a structured questionnaire, we performed a cross-sectional study on the prevalence of diagnosed lumbar disc hernia, chronic low-back pain (LBP) (at least 90 d in the preceding 12 months) and acute LBP (intense pain for at least 1(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) in a group of meat industry workers, using typical symptoms, median nerve conduction studies (NCSs) and their combinations. In the case definition including the NCSs, we tested the electrodiagnostic reference values derived from the general healthy population and(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the prevalence of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) in full-time and part-time supermarket cashiers exposed to a different weekly duration of biomechanical load. METHODS All the 269 cashiers and 127 office workers were asked to participate. The protocol included ergonomic risk assessment, collection of personal and clinical data and(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a preventive ergonomic intervention, which was provided by physical therapists, on spinal and upper-extremity work-related posture and symptom complaints of workers who use video display terminals (VDT). SUBJECTS Two hundred employees who spent at least 20 hours per week at a(More)
OBJECTIVES Up-to-date store-wide studies regarding low back pain (LBP) among supermarket/hypermarket workers are lacking. We investigated 12-month store-wide prevalence of different categories of LBP and possible associated biomechanical, individual/psychosocial risk factors across a large supermarket/hypermarket chain. METHODS We performed a(More)
Workplace bullying is considered by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work one of the emerging psychosocial risk factors that could negatively affect workers' health. Thus, the aim of this study was to analyze the process that leads from bullying to negative health (such as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)), testing the mediating role of(More)
BACKGROUND Some industrial hygiene studies have assessed occupational exposure to antineoplastic drugs; other epidemiological investigations have detected various toxicological effects in exposure groups labeled with the job title. In no research has the same population been studied both environmentally and epidemiologically. The protocol of the(More)