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Further development of a tool for the assessment of repetitive tasks (ART)

The Assessment of Repetitive Tasks (ART) tool was developed to help Inspectors assess repetitive tasks of the upper limbs and some of the common risk factors in repetitive work that contribute to the development of upper limb disorders. In addition to retaining ART as an inspection tool, the aim of the project was to develop ART further to target a broader group of users with responsibility for the design, assessment, and management of repetitive work. This would include occupational health and ergonomics specialists; health and safety professionals with responsibility for ULD risk management, and others involved in the design and organisation of repetitive work.

The purpose of this report is to document further development of ART from March 2008 to its publication in March 2010. The work focussed on making improvements to the ART booklet, increasing the scope of the tool to take account of multiple repetitive tasks, and moving the training material to a more accessible webbased format.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2010-06-29