Utilising Subjective Methodologies in the Development of Scientifically Defensible Physical Employment Standards

Research Paper Title The application of subjective job task analysis techniques in physically demanding occupations: evidence for the presence of self-serving bias. Background The aim of this study was to determine if perceptions of physically demanding job tasks are biased by employee demographics and employment profile characteristics including: Age; Sex; Experience; Length of tenure; Rank;… Read More

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Is There a Difference in the Use of Dietary Supplements between Military Personnel and Civilians?

Research Paper Title Longitudinal trends in use of dietary supplements by U.S. Army personnel differ from those of civilians. Background Prevalence and patterns of dietary supplement (DS) use by U.S. Army soldiers differ from the civilian population. Longitudinal trends in use of DSs by civilians have been examined, but are unavailable in subpopulations such as… Read More

Heat Exposure: Linking Balance Ability, Physical Performance & Workload

Research Paper Title Physiological Responses and Balance Ability are Affected by Physical Workload and Heat Exposure in Workers. Introduction Japan is experiencing high temperatures and relative humidity (rh) during the summer months, which lead to increases in the incidence of heat stroke among outdoor workers. According to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in… Read More

Physical Characteristics & Performance of Tactical Personnel: Full-Time versus Part-Time

Research Paper Title Differences in Physical Characteristics and Performance Measures of Part-Time and Full- Time Tactical Personnel: A Critical Narrative Review. Background Tactical personnel such as military, law enforcement and fire and rescue personnel routinely perform physically strenuous occupational tasks, requiring strength, endurance and cardiovascular fitness. Tactical populations are comprised of part-time and full-time personnel, with… Read More

Article: Work, Age & Disability

Physically demanding work could result in increased disability at older age. Irish researchers looked at work type (both paid work and upaind housework) and disability in 357 adults aged 57-80 years, and found that over half the participants reported doing physically demanding work. A fifth of participants had complete function, but 65% were limited in… Read More