OWAS (Ovako Working Postural Analysis System) is a method used to determine the order of muscle complications, causing pain in the body. OWAS is an ergonomic method used to evaluate postural stress happens to someone when at work. The usefulness of the method OWAS is to improve the conditions of workers in the work, so that work performance can be improved continuously. The results obtained from the OWAS, used to design improved methods of work in order to improve productivity. OWAS method created by O. Karhu from Finland in 1977 to analyze the postural stress in manual occupations.
In the OWAS Method, posture classification is determined. Postures were analyzed and used in planning improvements. Essential elements of the body that will be used as the basis of the encoding is back, arms and legs. Charges brought classified as follows : <10 kg, 10-20 kg, and > 20 kg. Postures from the recording, classified on the position of the spine (back), arms and legs. The meaning of the 4-digit code is the first 3 digits identify the position of the body; back, arm and legs, and the fourth digits to identify the load carried. Example : 2132 means the spine bent, both arms work on the shoulders, stand with both legs straight, and carry the load of about 10 kg.
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