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11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management (ODAM 2014) CPH Conference

Furniture micro enterprises in a small city in Brazil: work conditions and health
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Author:Aparecida Mari IGUTI <igutiam@gmail.com> (Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Campinas, Brazil)
Isabela Gomes ÁLVARES (Faculty of Nursing, University of Campinas, Brazil)
Inês MONTEIRO (Faculty of Nursing, University of Campinas, Brazil)
Date: 2014-08-19     Track: G - Application areas     Session: G4 - Service industries & small and medium sized enterprises
DOI:10.4122/dtu:2400

This cross-sectional study aimed to identify the main occupational risk situations and the health complaints in ten micro furniture enterprises. Interviews and field observations were made. Among the 50 employees interviewed, the main complaints reported were carrying weight (20%); being standing all day (18%); exposure to noise (12%); administrative issues (12%); wood dust (4%); time pressure to finish the job (4%). They were exposed to adverse working conditions, different situations and occupational risk agents. These hazards exposures are directly associated to the most frequent health complaints as respiratory symptoms and musculoskeletal problems.