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Concerns of the dry-cleaning industry: a qualitative investigation of labor and management.

Authors
Goldenhar-LM; Ruder-AM; Ewers-LM; Earnest-S; Haag-WM; Petersen-MR
Source
Am J Ind Med 1998 Dec; 35(2):112-123
NIOSHTIC No.
20022642
Abstract
Occupational scientists agree there are hazards associated with dry-cleaning, but do dry-cleaning owners and workers concur? Knowledge of owners' and workers' perceptions can help guide intervention efforts to reduce worker exposure. To better understand these issues, a qualitative study was conducted using focus group methodology and constant comparative analysis. Two owner and four worker focus groups were held. Findings suggest that overall, health and safety issues were not of great concern. Owners were primarily concerned with the economic impact of regulations. Workers did express some anxiety about solvent exposure, (perchlorethylene), and burns, but most felt that these hazards were "just part of the job." Also, other than the installation of air-conditioning in the shops and the provision of health benefits, workers could not think of ways health and safety on the job could be improved. These findings will be used to develop comprehensive safety and health interventions (e.g., engineering plus education and training) in dry-cleaning shops.
Keywords
Dry-cleaning-industry; Dry-cleaning-solvents; Health-hazards; Qualitative-analysis; Safety-research; Solvents; Solvent-vapors
Contact
Linda M. Goldenhar, PhD, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluation, and Field Studies, The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 4676 Columbia Parkway MS-R16, Cincinnati, OH 452261998
CODEN
AJIMD8
CAS No.
127-18-4
Publication Date
19981201
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0271-3586
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Priority Area
Research Tools and Approaches
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
OH
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