Work Item
ASTM WK80655

New Practice for Characterization of Physical Demands Performed by Workers

1. Scope

We will analyze jobs performed in a construction or manufacturing site by worker returning back from injury. We will use a combination of high accuracy IMUs as well as load sensing foot insoles for this Aim. To narrow the scope, we will focus on analysis of up to 10 different subjects performing jobs in the chosen industry. Subjects will be chosen in a manner representing a mix of demographics and age groups with no prior injury history. Given the involvement of human subjects, we will use our existing IRB approval. Milestones: 1) Development of a job database that lists various jobs and tasks involved in each of the evaluated positions. 2) Populating the job database to capture the duration of these tasks and their sequence.


Return to work; Physical demands; injury prevention


Increasing physical demands of jobs have long been associated with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) posing an enormous public health burden.2 There has been a growing interest in the adoption of exosuits and exoskeletons with the goal of reducing fatigue and overall MSD risks in the work place. Currently there is a lack of innovative and technological solutions to identify risk factors for poor RTW outcomes. It is important to first quantify the physical demands of jobs performed by workers

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: F48.02

Committee: F48

Staff Manager: Nora Nimmerichter

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 01-24-2022

Technical Contact: Venkat Venkata subramanian

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