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Effects of environmental and organizational factors on the health of shiftworkers of a printing company.
Fischer FM; Morata TC; Latorre MR; Krieg EF; Fiorini AC; Colacioppo S; Gozzoli L; Padrao MA; Zavariz C; Lieber R; Wallingford KM; Cesar CLG
J Occup Environ Med 2001 Oct; 43(10):882-889
This study explored the effects of environmental and organizational stressors on the health of shiftworkers in a printing company (n = 124). A questionnaire was used to gather data on work history, organizational factors, psychosocial characteristics, medical history, present health, occupational and non-occupational exposures, and lifestyle factors. The perception of environmental and organizational conditions was associated (P < 0.05) with chronic back pain (odds ratio [OR], 1.29), varicose veins (OR, 1.35), allergic rhinitis (OR, 1.27), depression (OR, 1.45), and gastritis (OR, 1.15). Anxiety scores were associated with allergic rhinitis (OR, 1.14) and skin allergy (OR, 1.09). Shiftwork was a significantly risk factor for conjunctivitis (OR, 3.68), depression (OR, 0.23), cardiac arrhythmia (OR, 7.13), and gastritis (OR, 4.38). Other associations included tenure and chronic back pain (OR, 4.89), toluene exposure and skin allergy (OR, 3.76), worksite and conjunctivitis (OR, 7.0), and worksite and dermatitis (OR, 1.24 to 4.95). The number of hours of exercise per week was associated with varicose veins (OR, 4.33), and alcohol intake was associated with cardiac arrhythmia (OR, 6.74).
Environmental-factors; Shift-workers; Printing-industry; Exposure-methods; Work-performance; Occupational-health; Workers; Worker-health; Questionnaires
Department of Environmental Health, School of Public Health, University of Sau Paulo, Av. Dr. Arnaldo, 715, 01246-904 Sao Paulo SP, Brazil
Issue of Publication
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division