Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA)

Original Editor - Ajay Upadhyay

Top Contributors - Ajay Upadhyay and Amrita Patro  


REBA was developed by Hignett and McAtamney as a means to assess entire body posture for risk of WRMSDs. REBA has been developed to fill a perceived need for a practitioner's field tool, specifically designed to be sensitive to the type of unpredictable working postures found in health care and other service industries. [1]

Intended Population

For survey investigations in the workplace where people complain of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders.

Method of Use

Consider critical tasks of a job. For each task, assess the posture factors by assigning a score to each region.

Score the Group A (Trunk, Neck and Legs) postures and the Group B (Upper Arms, Lower Arms, and Wrists) postures for left and right. For each region, there is a posture scoring scale plus adjustment notes for additional considerations. Then score the Load / Force and Coupling factors. Finally, score the Activity. Find the scores from Table A for the Group A posture scores and from Table B for the Group B posture scores. The tables follow the data collection sheet. Score A is the sum of the Table A score and the Load / Force score. Score B is the sum of the Table B score and the Coupling score for each hand. Score C is read from Table C, by entering it with the Score A and the Score B.

The REBA score is the sum of the Score C and the Activity score. The degree of risk is found in the REBA Decision table.



Hignett S1, McAtamney L.Rapid entire body assessment (REBA). Appl Ergon. 2000 Apr;31(2):201-5.


Initial reliability for inter-observer coding shows promise but further work is needed to establish the validity of the tool.

Recent Related Research (from Pubmed)


References will automatically be added here, see adding references tutorial.

  1. Hignett S, McAtamney L.Rapid entire body assessment (REBA). Appl Ergon. 2000 Apr;31(2):201-5.