RULA (rapid upper limb assessment) tool

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RULA (rapid upper limb assessment) tool

RULA (rapid upper limb assessment) tool

Type of item
Guides & Tools
Country
United Kingdom
Languages

English

Provider
Provider (English)
Ergonomics Plus
Provider (Original)
Ergonomics Plus

Description

Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA) is a survey method developed for use in ergonomic investigations of workplaces where work related upper limb disorders are reported. RULA is a screening tool that assesses biomechanical and postural loading on the whole body with particular attention to the neck, trunk and upper limbs. Reliability studies have been conducted using RULA on groups of VDU users and sewing machine operators. A RULA assessment requires little time to complete and the scoring generates an action list which indicated the level of intervention required to reduce the risks of injury due to physical loading on the operator. RULA is intended to be used as part of a broader ergonomic study.

 

Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA) is a survey method developed for use in ergonomic investigations of workplaces where work related upper limb disorders are reported. RULA is a screening tool that assesses biomechanical and postural loading on the whole body with particular attention to the neck, trunk and upper limbs. Reliability studies have been conducted using RULA on groups of VDU users and sewing machine operators. A RULA assessment requires little time to complete and the scoring generates an action list which indicated the level of intervention required to reduce the risks of injury due to physical loading on the operator. RULA is intended to be used as part of a broader ergonomic study.

 

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English

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Hazards
Awkward postures
Manual handling of loads
Health effects
Upper limb disorders
Worker groups covered (vulnerable groups etc.)
All (no specific group)
Prevention measures
Elimination of hazards
Improving individual working techniques (e.g manual handling postures)
Training/guidance (for workers)
Purpose of the material
Risk assessment
Target audience
Employers
Managers
Safety officers
OSH consultant
Workers
Priority area
Prevention