The direct and indirect effects of chronic occupational exposure to extremely low frequency electric fields and magnetic fields on musculoskeletal disorders in workers of a power plant should be investigated.
The indirect effects should be investigated by oxidative stress parameters.
A total of 152 workers from a power plant took part in the study. The personal occupational exposure of each study participant was calculated by measuring the electric and magnetic fields at different workplaces in the power plant and the amount of time the workers spent at these places.
The results showed that occupational exposure to extremely low frequency electric fields and magnetic fields are not directly related to musculoskeletal disorders, although increased levels of oxidative stress may cause musculoskeletal disorders. However, the effect of occupational exposure to electric fields and magnetic fields on oxidative stress parameters was not investigated.