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The Washington State SHARP Approach to Exposure Assessment

Understanding the relationships between workplace exposure parameters and the health outcomes of the

musculoskeletal system is the basis for preventing and reducing work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

Quantification of exposure parameters is critical in epidemiological studies as well as ergonomics appli-

cations. Methods used for the exposure assessment vary depending on the purpose of the applications

and feasibilities of using these methods. This chapter discusses the various exposure parameters at

workplaces related to work-related upper extremity disorders, measurement strategies, and some

exposure assessment methods used in epidemiological studies. The exposure assessment approach

used by SHARP in a large prospective study of upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders is presented

and discussed.