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REBA and RULA: Whole Body and Upper Limb Rapid Assessment Tools

REBA (Rapid Entire Body Assessment) and RULA (Rapid Upper Limb Assessment) provide a quick

analysis of the demands on a person’s musculoskeletal system when performing a specific task. Both

tools are required to be used as part of a full ergonomic workplace assessment and have proved

popular in providing a simple, visual indication as to the level of risk and need for action associated

with the task. REBA was developed to provide a quick and easy observational postural analysis tool

for whole body activities (static and dynamic) giving a musculoskeletal risk action level (Hignett and

McAtamney, 2000). RULA was developed earlier (McAtamney and Corlett, 1993) to provide a rapid

objective measure of musculoskeletal risk caused by mainly sedentary tasks where upper body

demands were high. Both tools use body part diagrams to assist with the coding of joint angles and

body postures, with additional coding for load/force, coupling and muscle activity. They both

produce risk level scores on a given scale to indicate whether the risk is negligible through to very high.