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The occupational health of Southeast Asians in Lowell: a descriptive study.

Authors
Azaroff-LS; Levenstein-C; Wegman-DH
Source
Int J Occup Environ Health 2004 Jan-Mar; 10(1):47-54
NIOSHTIC No.
20028914
Abstract
To assess the occupational health of a group of vulnerable workers, Southeast Asians, in Lowell, Massachusetts, researchers surveyed 160 residents of Cambodian or Lao ethnicity regarding working conditions, health problems, and use of medical services. Over 40% reported work in electronics and computer assembly. A fourth of those currently employed held temporary jobs. Workplace hazards included soldering fumes; inadequate ventilation; prolonged sitting or standing; awkward postures; unguarded machinery; shift work; long hours; and pressure to produce quickly. Common work-related health problems included sprains and strains, headache, dizziness, and flu-like symptoms. Less than a third of the respondents knew about workers' compensation. Household surveys can provide otherwise unavailable occupational health data for defined populations.
Keywords
Occupational-health; Surveillance-programs; Occupational-diseases; Workers; Demographic-characteristics; Occupational-exposure; Solvents; Dust-particles; Dusts; Injuries; Dermatitis; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Training; Equipment-operators; Computer-equipment; Burns; Electrical-burns; Solvent-vapors; Solvents; Soldering; Chemical-cleaning; Chemical-industry-workers
Contact
Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854
CODEN
IOEHFU
Publication Date
20040101
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
74000; 108000
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R03-OH-003783; Grant-Number-K01-OH-000178
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1077-3525
Priority Area
Work Environment and Workforce; Special Populations
Source Name
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
State
MA
Performing Organization
University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Massachusetts
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